Parasite is a film that took the award industry by storm. It is a dark Korean film that snatched up 4 Oscars: Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film.
And, my friends, I’m here to say that those are well deserved.
Parasite is a film about a poor family who is trying to survive. They live in the basement of a restaurant where they steal neighboring Wi-Fi, share a phone bill they can hardly afford, have a stinkbug infestation, and they are all unemployed. Where the story introduces us we see the family unit trying to find a single part of their house where they can get wi-fi, and they are also folding a large stack of pizza boxes to sell them to earn some income.
Just when their son is about to go in for a formal interview, his college friend has arrived to give the family a gift – and offer his friend a job tutoring a rich girl. From here we watch as in a single week, the entire family infiltrates the rich family serving as workers, with the single catch that the hosting family has no idea that they are all related.
But what follows this set up is very dark and very primal. The movie is technically a dark drama (if you’re concerned with categorizing it), but it has a lot of scary, bleak elements including a finale that literally erupts with violence and terror. I even began tearing up as I watched the final monologue.
I loved this movie so much. It’s a film that I immediately wanted to rewatch the moment I shut it off. I went to bed thinking about it and woke up to it in my dreams. Granted, this is simply my opinion, but I can’t recommend this movie enough.
Plus, the movie is streaming on Hulu as of last week, so it’s even easier to access.
‘Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra