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Parasite Film Review [기생충] (2019) – Korean Black Comedy

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(This is Parasite film review, which is a Korean black comedy movie that is unrelated to the Japanese franchise Parasyte)

Black Comedy with a twist that is both unusual as well as entertaining. Parasite is the offering that the well-known director of The Host has given us this year. And it’s not related to the Japanese anime/manga/film Parasyte at all!

It is directed by Bong Joon Ho, and stars some famous actors such as Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik and Park So-dam. This film also won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, so we are here to see what’s so great about it in the Parasite film review below!

 

Premise

When a poor family has found a chance to infiltrate a rich household to work and live off their riches, they have to find ways to get rid of the workers so as to replace them. But at what cost? And what would happen if they have failed?

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The ingenuous poor family

 

Parasite Film Review

Premise

The premise is pretty unique but the most impressive of all is the execution. The story of a poor family that tries many ingenious ways to get each of their members to be employed by the rich household, and in doing so, getting rid of the previous workers are…a great masterpiece itself.

I am pleasantly surprised at the tight writing and also the way the story unfolds

I am pleasantly surprised at the tight writing and also the way the story unfolds. Many things happen one after another and there are unexpected twists along the way. The beginning and the middle portions are the best in both storytelling and creative writing.

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The targeted rich family

 

There are, however, a few inconsistencies and some weirdness that seem to not be tied with reality. Some of the happenings are not realistic at all, and it will question you. Like, for example, the romantic relationship between the son and the rick kid’s daughter. And also sometimes when someone is tied tightly he can get out of it within a few minutes.

However, I have to be honest, the ending itself is a messy letdown. I kind of understand what they try to do in a more poetic sense, but it’s still a disappointment. This could have ended in a better way and not in such a weird ending that does not make you fully satisfied with it.

This could have ended in a better way…

Pacing

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Suspense at every turn

 

Pacing for the first half is really great. The suspense and also the trickeries used by the poor family require tight coordination and timing that every scene builds up on the suspense. You will always be on the edge when it happens.

However, nearer to the ending, the film starts to slow down in pacing, but not in a particularly good way. It feels like you are riding up the roller coaster, but when it goes down, it does not go down fast enough to sustain the interesting moments. You won’t get bored by them, for sure, but you will feel that it seems to be draggier than usual.

 

Characters

Characters are the main stars here and this film shows them well. Each of the character has unique personality and has their own charm and weakness. I like how varies the characters are, and yet the film manages to make all of them interesting in their own rights.

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The brother and sister tricksters duo!

 

The ones I love the most are the Son and the Daughter of the poor family, Ki Woo and Ki Jung.  They are a natural pair that are opposite of each other in personality and skill. Yet their chemistry onscreen is just fabulous. The way they hold conversation and body languages are just so natural and without any over-exaggerated scenes like normal K-Drama.

Their chemistry is just so natural

Aside from them, the other more memorable ones are the naive rich mom and their father and also the previous housekeeper. There is a long scene where the whole poor family is residing in the rich family living room, and they have family talk that do not seem to be rehearsed. Their chemistry is just so natural.

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The rich and gullible mom

 

Soundtrack

Soundtrack is more to the classical to show the poetic side of the director and the film. They are pretty good and there is none of those K-drama soundtracks. They may not be as great as some other films’, but here they stand tall and proud in their own rights.

 

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Parasite Film Review [기생충] (2019) – Korean Black Comedy
Story
Pacing
Characters
Soundtrack
Reader Rating0 Votes0
What's good
Great number of varied characters with interesting personality
Great pacing for the first half
Tight and ingenious writing for first half
Great appropriate soundtrack
Pretty original premise
What's bad
The ending is a letdown
Some happenings are unrealistic
3.8
Pretty Good!
A Korean Black Comedy that stands proud above the rest!
Parasite is great film that shows the creativity and also the masterful writing of the director. It also showcases many varied characters with interesting persona, and their chemistry onscreen is natural. Unfortunately, the ending fails to make this a great film that can rival the top candidates.
[Parasite film review score table]

 

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Anthony L Tjandra
An everyday guy who is the founder of Controller Companies. He started it when he was frustrated to find that the stuff he bought had no reviews available online. Thus, this website is created with the sole purpose of reviewing stuff that he has seen, bought, used or enjoyed! Now, he is probably doing another review while you are reading this.
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