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Adam’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
I expected watching Memories Of Murder knowing it was Bong Joon-Ho’s second film to be different. Parasite was such a shockingly beautiful movie that Joon-Ho’s films couldn’t have always been this good. However, I was proved wrong. MoM is an incredibly impressive feat. The editing alone makes this movie one for the History books, but the performances, the music, the acting, and the dialogue or all just as good.
Joon-Ho’s ability to make the cops look absolutely dumb, while also making them intentionally harsh, cruel, and evil is an phenomenal touch that makes this movie so much more heart-wrenching given the typical villainy and intentional class oppression of the police force.
The first thirty or so minutes of the film, I wasn’t really super invested. I didn’t feel the characters and I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I knew nothing about the film. While the set-up as awkward from a traditional standpoint, it accomplished everything that it meant to do. At around the half-hour mark, the movie works itself into full gear and the suspense and tension is so present it’s impossible to look away.
Knowing the context of the ending shot, and that the killer was finally found in 2019, makes the movie so much more badass.
While I’m giving the film 4 1/2 stars due to what I felt was a clunky beginning, I’m positive that if I watched it again the beginning would be much more enjoyable, as I know more about the characters already.
Absolutely worth a watch.