Thursday, November 7, 2019

Movie Irreview: Parasite


***

I don't know what to say here.  Joon-ho Bong makes some entertaining films.  I quite like The Host, Snowpiercer had its moments (and a great aesthetic), and even Okja was decent enough for a Netflix-branded film (which are usually terrible).  But he seems to get more heavy-handed with commentary and metaphor with each film, often erring on the side of being so-on-the-nose, it's almost irritating.  Were he a Western filmmaker, I've little doubt he'd be crucified for his directness and - particularly regarding Parasite and Okja - his reliance on exposition to get his meaning out.

Funny, then, that his meanings can be so obtuse (Parasite), they don't really mean anything at all.

Parasite is definitely one of those films that will divide the average filmgoer from the critic or so-called film aficionado.  Like Snowpiercer, Parasite has its moments.  The opening act of this thing is quite entertaining and makes you want to know what happens next.

And then it turns.  Quite dramatically.  Still, though, the new kink in plot is kinda fascinating and keeps you wanting to know what's going to happen.

And then it all falls apart.  Like... okay, whatever.  Joon-ho Bong has a point to make about the upper class versus the lower class, and though he remains mercifully ambiguous about who holds the high ground in that struggle, he stays painfully away from actually making that point.

I get it.  People are different.  The rich live differently from the poor.  And we're all, at the end of the day, a bunch of bastards.

If you wanted me to watch a movie about the dangers of not being able to get along, I'd have rather have popped in The Fox and the Hound.  Or a movie about actual parasites.

5/10.

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