Joel B’s review published on Letterboxd:
Is it really a Bong Joon-ho film if Song Kang-ho isn't in it?
I love how even when Bong Joon-ho is making films based on licensed properties, it's still VERY clearly his. While this is probably the weakest of his 4 films I've seen, it's still a damn masterpiece. It still leaves me reeling in the same ways that the other 3 films in his filmography I've seen, maybe even more so.
It almost lures you into this false sense of familiarity. Chris Evans as the leading hero. Post-apocalyptic dystopia. Bong Joon-ho's trademark style of dark comedy and biting social commentary. You hit the third act and feel like you have a pretty good idea of what's going to happen, and then the film disturbs the balance you feel it's formed in some genuinely really well done ways.
The one part where the film does lose me is in some of its action scenes. Not to say they're not terrible, they just don't feel as visually inventive or as good as the sum of their parts. Even then, there is one really well done action scene in the mix that defies this and actually manages to take something I detest in film-making and make it another impressive segment in a film loaded with them.
Bong Joon-ho really speaks to me as an aspiring filmmaker. He manages to make films that are easily accessible and entertaining, but also thematically deep and uncompromising in their approach to displaying these themes. While this might not be my favourite of his films (I mean, come on, you all), this is still an absolutely non-stop visceral ride from start to finish and yet another display of just how much of a powerhouse this man is.