Flash Movie Review: Parasite
ON A RECOMMENDATION, I LOOKED UP a couple of the resorts suggested to me. She was right, they were nothing short of spectacular. One of the resorts had several rooms that had a live tree as the bed’s headboard. From the bedroom one could walk through the adjoining sitting room, with its plush low-backed chairs, then pass through two sliding glass doors out onto a veranda, where one could dine on a specially prepared meal. What was there not to like, I ask you. I scrolled down through photos of the resort’s grounds until I reached the page that listed the prices. To say I was shocked would be an understatement. The pricing started in the low four figures and that was per day. I had to wonder if the person who recommended the resort thought I was rich. Obviously, they were in a different class than me and had enough funds to bankroll several trips to the resorts that they suggested to me. All I could do was just laugh about it. I continued by looking at a couple more of the suggested resorts; they all had similar price ranges. At least I got to see some gorgeous places where the rich hang out, evidently. I HAVE NEVER BEEN THE TYPE to get jealous or envious of another person’s wealth. As long as they acquired their wealth by honest means, it does not matter to me if a person is considered lower, middle or upper class. In my mind everyone is still human. Wealth is not something I list as an attribute when I am “judging” a person. Kind, generous, loving and sweet are some of the things that are important to me. I know not everyone thinks like me because I have encountered individuals who form a dislike towards a person just because they have more money. There was one person I remember who felt because someone was richer than him, they should always offer to pick up the check at a restaurant when they dined out together. I am sorry, but I found that logic ridiculous. What if the two of them went shopping for clothing? Would the person of less wealth expect the other to pay for his purchases? One of my newspaper subscriptions once a week lists houses for sale that exceed one million dollars. Seeing the opulence of these properties is fun for me, since I never will have such a place. That is as far as my interest goes which is something, I cannot say for one of the families in this comedic, crime drama. STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET, THE Kim family finds good fortune when their son Kim Ki-woo, played by Woo-sik Choi (Set Me Free, Train to Busan) becomes the tutor to a wealthy family’s daughter. His position would present opportunities for the Kim family to benefit. With Kang-ho Song (The Host, Snowpiercer) as Kim Ki-taek, Sun-kyun Lee (A Hard Day, The King’s Case Note) as Park Dong-ik, Yeo-jeong Jo (The Servant, Obsessed) as Park Yeon-kyo and So-dam Park (The Priests, The Silenced) as Kim ki-jung; this film festival winner out of South Korea was a wicked satire, filled with memorable moments. I thought the directing and filming of the story was top-notch. Everyone in the cast did a wonderful job of acting; I never once thought the characters were anything but themselves. Because it is a culture I have not had much exposure to, I was fascinated with the outdoor scenes. I never once felt the reading of the subtitles interfered with my fascination or viewing of this film; this truly was a wonderful and enjoyable viewing experience and that is something one cannot put a price on. Korean dialog was spoken with English subtitles.
Posted on January 22, 2020, in Foreign and tagged 4 stars, comedy, crime, culture class, drama, film festival winner, foreign, kang-ho song, so-dan park, sun-kyun lee, wealth, woo-sik choi, yeo-jeong jo. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.
I am very eager to see this movie but I don’t think I can cram the opportunity into my schedule. I am rarely disappointed by Korean movies – at least not the ones that get picked up for international distribution.
Truly a wonderful viewing experience. I hope your schedule opens up to see this one soon. Thanks for the comments.
There has been a great deal of superb film coming out of Korea. Fresh and interesting, not tired and more of the same ol’ so many American product has been. Thanks for sharing.
My pleasure; seeing this film was like discovering water for the first time. I hope you get to see it.
I was astonished by this movie! Before the Oscars telecast, i had only heard about it. My husband is never happy reading subtitles, so i let it go. But when it won the Academy Award for Best International Film AND Best Picture, i decided to investigate a bit more. With the Palm d’Or also in its pocket, i decided i must see it.
So, tonight, my husband and i watched the film together. We noticed right away the careless attitude of the poor family toward anyone but themselves. They were poor, but the film-maker did not turn them into the cliche’ of the kind, innocent poor family, such as the Bob Cratchit family in A Christmas Carol. No. These people were small, mean, and greedy. The rich family, too, contained neither the villain of the piece or thewhite-wash often bestowed upon the wealthy (see Bill Cosby, pre-2000).
To say i was shocked at the ending would be incorrect. I was surprised, but the true Karma of the film curcles round and round throughout. I laughed, i drew in breath and covered my mouth with my hand, my mouth fell open. Yes, i would award this film the Oscar, the Bafta, the Palm D’or and a huge refillable 4-gallon bin of movie 🍿 and a 40-ounce slushie, choice of flavors!
HI Christine and thank you for taking the time to leave your comments about this amazing film. I am so glad you got to see it and experience the joy of good film making.