South Korea's leading filmmaker Bong
of Murder, The Host, Mother) shows off his flair and
skill once again with his latest entry Parasite. This is an enormously
evocative film which creates (and leaves behind) various moods and
atmospheres on its way through the inventive, but nevertheless
fairly predictable plot which twists and turns in somewhat gimmickry
ways. Watching Parasite for the first time is like watching a
really clever movie for the second time: you know what will unfold,
but you're still quite amazed by the audacity and skill of the
presentation. Whether or not you enjoy Parasite on a
meta-level, however, will arguably depend on to what degree you make
any use of Bong Joon-ho's dab at East-Asian social classes anno
2019. These are not arguments that present themselves logically;
they are offered through the absurd behaviour of the movie's two
conflicting families – none of whom are sympathetic, even though Mr.
Bong ultimately asks us insistently to care for them.