The Chilling Story of Class Struggles in Korea
Best Picture Winner "Parasite" Stuns
February 17, 2020
A Korean comedy-thriller film highlighting class struggles has made history by becoming the first foreign-language film to win Best Picture at the Oscars. The nomination is well deserved. “Parasite” has special qualities that set it apart from other films. Having to read subtitles should not be what stops a viewer from seeing this incredible movie. From the brilliant cinematography to the stunning performance from actor Choi Woo-Shik, director Bong Joon Ho’s latest is a must-see.
The movie opens when Kim Ki-Woo (Choi Woo-Shik), a son from an impoverished family, scores a job working for the rich Park family after his wealthy friend, Min-Hyuk leaves to study abroad. Soon, the entire Kim family is working for the Parks after scheming their way in. From here, the Kims go about their daily lives, enjoying their new income. When the Park family goes on a camping trip for the weekend, the Kims decide to stay at their vacant house. While it is funny at first, it gets dark quickly. The movie does not fail to make viewers laugh. For me; however, those laughs were followed with an unsettling feeling that was with me for the entirety of the film.
“Parasite” is an excellent film that perfectly combines cinematography with a beautiful score. The contrast between shots focused on the rich, happy, Park Family and the scenes reflecting the disadvantages of the Kims, drives home the main message of the film; class warfare. At the beginning of the film, the Kims are struggling to get by, and cannot afford basic necessities. Viewers are shown the complete opposite of this when we are introduced to the Parks, who live in a mansion and can afford art therapy for their son. While the Kims believe that the Parks have made their lives better at first, their perspective soon changes. The climax of the film is unpredictable and unnerving, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats.
Despite what you may think, the hype surrounding “Parasite” is adequate. This film offers something for everyone. The brilliant themes, shots, and performances propel “Parasite” above any other film released in 2019.
NOTE: Parasite is rated R and contains violent and sexual content. This is not suitable for all audiences.