Midwestern Librarian. Dad Joke Connoisseur. At the point in my life where sometimes it takes me 3 days to finish a 90 minute movie.
As a parent, you are subjected to so many awful kids movies that you become a real expert on the genre. With Lord and Miller on as producers I knew this was probably going to be pretty damn funny, but man oh man, I was not prepared for 2 hours of sustained laughter. That's an almost impossible thing to pull off. Usually you can keep this up for 45 minutes or so before you settle in, but Rosie and I…
Gleefully leans into its trashiness, and I can respect that. The main issue I have isn't the fan service--this is one of those rare movies where every HE SAID THE LINE!! moment is wonderful--but the script, which has neither enough mortal nor kombat. The wackadoo mystical stuff? Here for it. Everything Kano? 1000% here for it. Death that mimics a gruesome table saw accident? 10000% here for it. But the pacing is out of whack and the screenwriter is trying…
You'd think with Taylor Sheridan scripting and Michael B Jordan starring they might be veering away from the standard middle aged white boomer demo that Tom Clancy stories are aimed at, but no. The dialogue is so cringey it hurts to imagine how many desks this script passed through to get made intact. Brutal stuff. That said, they did work in a scene where Jordan gets to brawl with his shirt off so it's not all bad if that's your thing. Otherwise this is not the dumb and fun actioner you might be expecting with the personnel attached.
Describing this movie to my wife after the fact, I kept saying, "It sounds like it was really depressing, but it's a super entertaining." That element is what propels Parasite into Movie of the Year territory. That and by virtue of Bong Joon-ho being Bong Joon-ho this is one of the year's most original and distinct features. Parasite dissects the income brackets that divide us, but does so in a way that defies an easy answer to this problem. It's…