The best movie in theaters this week is not a DC or Marvel movie. It’s a Korean film, called Parasite.
Parasite is a subtitled, modern day Korean film about two families, one rich, one poor. When you look at the still photos from the movie, it seems a little dry, right? I’ll tell you right now—it’s not what you think. For an Asian film (yeah, I said it), it has remarkable pacing. The film moves so quickly that I didn’t want to get up for a bathroom break. It’s funny, has quick wit, and most of the character’s actions are logical to our American sensibilities. As a huge bonus, it was easy to sympathize with almost every personality that appeared on screen, a difficult feat for a 7+ member cast.
Director Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer) has a “unique knack for blending genres to tell layered, one-of-a-kind stories,” which I enthusiastically second. Praise be to originality. Parasite is one film that turns into another and then another, and you’ll enjoy the entire ride. If I could describe Parasite in one word, I’d use: unpredictable. See it if you don’t mind subtitles. See if you like psychological thrillers. See it if you live for plot twists.
Parasite: 3.5 of 4 stars. In limited release.
This week’s triple film feature includes Parasite, Hustlers, and Zombieland: Double Tap. Comment below if you enjoy my spoiler-free reviews.