Parasite ★★★★½

Parasite is one of the few recent films where the hype was justified. As someone who has found Bong Joon-ho's filmography inconsistent it is satisfying to see him produce something excellent, a film where his penchant for eccentric characters and tonal shifts are paired with a brilliantly tight storyline. It is a fascinating portrayal of economic inequality and how broken the class system is, shown with the Park's exploitative behaviour and the Kim's manipulative. Both capable of bad acts in entirely different ways.

It's a film that is hard to label as it jumps from funny to thrilling to suspenseful to tragic and twists unexpectedly, but the plots progression always feels natural. The acting is superb from all involved (with Song Kang-ho, Cho Yeo-jeong and Choi Woo-shik standing out). Bong's direction is creative, the cinematography is marvellous and the pacing is just right. Overall I think Parasite derserves a lot of credit for being a film that manages the difficult balancing act of being unconventional and accessible.

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