Bong delivers a stunning return to form with this newest venture, which takes bold leaps between tenors and tone, but holds together beautifully thanks to the director’s unparalleled visual/spatial sophistication, and his unsparing social indictment.
What are people saying?
What are critics saying?
The Playlist by Bradley Warren
A demented and often-uproarious class-conscious satire, Parasite falls slightly short of Bong’s greatest work.
[A] furious and fiendishly well-crafted new film. ... Giddy one moment, unbearably tense the next, and always so entertaining and fine-tuned that you don’t even notice when it’s changing gears, “Parasite” takes all of the beats you expect to find in a Bong film and shrinks them down with clockwork precision.
Bong is back and on brilliant form, but he is unmistakably, roaringly furious, and it registers because the target is so deserving, so enormous, so 2019: Parasite is a tick fat with the bitter blood of class rage.
A masterful dissection of social inequality and the psychology of money.
Screen Daily by Jonathan Romney
Parasite is a malign delight from start to finish, with a Machiavellian sense of mischief and a cinematic brio that shows Bong revelling in his Hitchcockian control of somewhat Buñuelian material.
Los Angeles Times by Justin Chang
Parasite begins in exhilaration and ends in devastation, but the triumph of the movie is that it fully lives and breathes at every moment, even when you might find yourself struggling to exhale.
The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw
A luxuriously watchable and satirical suspense drama.
The Telegraph by Robbie Collin
A raucous and blood-splattered social satire.
The Hollywood Reporter by Stephen Dalton
Like much of Bong’s work, Parasite is cumbersomely plotted and heavy-handed in its social commentary. The largely naturalistic treatment here may also alienate some of his fantasy fanboy constituency. That said, this prickly contemporary drama still feels more coherent and tonally assured than Snowpiercer or Okja, and packs a timely punch that will resonate in our financially tough, politically polarized times.
This film is a piece of narrative art—the way the characters grow and turn is incredible. The pace is perfect, almost like a piece of classical music that builds and builds to the perfect crescendo.
I completely agree that the pace of this film is perfect, and it does have a distinct rhythm that feels as if it can only be achieved by a master of cinema such as Bong Joon-ho. I'm equally in awe of the tone if this film, which reminds me of the delicate balance of consequence and humor in "The Host". As always, the world of this story is rich with detail and the entire cast delivers pitch-perfect performances.
This film is brilliant! The score, the performances, the cinematography -- all masterfully done!. Not only is it a cinematic masterpiece, but the symbolism and themes makes its a purely enjoyable movie-watching experience. It's an important look at classism and wealth inequality, and truly one of the most unforgettable films of 2019.
PARASITE is admirable for so many things: its pace, its humor, its symbolism, even its rewatchability. This feels like a film that will always be relevant, one that has more to offer with each new viewing. Money changes everything, and this film makes that abundantly clear the second the first justified — and even playful — con turns sinister.
Parasite really shows how brilliance can arise from the most minimal of approaches. The plot itself is straightforward and easy to follow-- the film acquires its sophistication from layer upon layer of metaphor and symbolism. I have watched Parasite many times, and still notice something new after every viewing. This film really never gets old.
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