Minari

Minari ★★★★½

Minari is a charming and poignant film that chronicles the story of a family from Korea who move to rural Arkansas to start a new life. The film channels many common immigrant story themes and motifs in its writing and acting to create a story of the importance of familial bonds and ties to one’s past while trying to assimilate to a new way of life in a foreign land.  This movie has many strong aspects. First of all the acting in the film across the board is phenomenal. There is not a weak member of the cast, from the stubborn and persistent father to his hilarious mother-in-law to the adorable son. The screenplay to this movie is excellent. On the surface, the story is seemingly simplistic yet there is tremendous depth to the film. I also really liked the quirky score to the film which perfectly underscored the themes of the movie. Lee Isaac Chung does a wonderful job directing this film. The variation of framing and angles significantly aids in communicating the emotions of the characters. Furthermore, the cinematography in the film is stunning. The scenes of nature at times looked as if they could appear in a Terrence Malick film. Overall, this is a beautifully made film that offers a glimpse into what it is like to be an Asian immigrant in America, a subject that is sadly often neglected in mainstream movies. I highly recommend this film which is one of the best from 2020.

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