Kim Ki Taek's (Song Kang Ho) family are all unemployed and living in a squalid basement. When his son, Ki Woo, gets a tutoring job at the lavish home of the Park family, the Kim family's luck changes. One by one they gradually infiltrate the wealthy Park's home, attempting to take over their affluent lifestyle, but as their deception unravels events begin to get increasingly out of hand in ways you simply cannot imagine.
I was unsure whether I would enjoy this film and I cannot say too much without giving away spoilers. Suffice to say that it is well acted, hugely original, funny and uncomfortable in equal measures. Give it a chance even if you do not like subtitles you will not see another film like it.
6 out of 8 members found this review helpful.
Excellently crafted, highly engaging film
- Parasite review by CS
Focusing on the interweaving of two families - one rich and one poor - this is a superbly shot and acted film which manages to be dramatic, funny and occasionally violent without in any way compromising the strong and coherent storyline which makes it such a good view. Definitely deserved the awards it has received.
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful.
Long build-up descends into silly farce
- Parasite review by Alphaville
Seduced by the Oscar-winning hype, anyone hoping for another movie as riveting as Shoplifters will be disappointed. It’s engaging enough if you stick with it, but it’s over-ripe, long-winded and far too cumbersome for its 2hr run-time. A family of four ingratiate themselves as home helps into a wealthy family’s confidence. When things start to go wrong (after a whole hour) it descends into farce. No spoilers about the outcome, but by the end you probably won’t care what happens.
Bong Joon-Ho is a great director but this isn’t his best screenplay. If you also thought Snowpiercer, his one American movie, was a dud (not his fault), do yourself a favour and watch The Host or Memories of Murder.
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful.
Good movie but not amazing
- Parasite review by TH
I did expect amazing things from a movie getting so much buzz. Is it any good? Well it's a bit different but I would say the tone is all over the place (likely the idea). I would say people should go watch it but I doubt most people will watch this film multiple times.
I found Parasite to be highly amusing, even though it treats a serious theme of a group of people who are poor and those who are wealthy. In addition there are scenes of violence. I cannot write more as I do not want to introduce spoilers.
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.
Like a Capra or Lubitsch screwball
- Parasite review by BD
It draws you in from the first frame - witty, stylish and hilarious with a tough inner core. It will linger. It’s every bit as good as people have said.
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.
A memorable South Korean tale blending comedy with tragedy
- Parasite review by PJ
This is an unusual film in some ways, since it mixes elements of pure comedy (e.g.: people hiding under tables to avoid detection) with far darker aspects that are pure tragedy. All of this is against a backdrop of social realism: the Kim family, who live a hand-to-mouth existence in a basement flat, get their lucky break when the son gets a job under false pretences to tutor the daughter of a very wealthy couple. The rest follows.
The study in the differences in social circumstances -- a Korean version of upstairs/ downstairs, as it were -- is excellent. What all those tensions bubbling under the surface can lead to is shown in the film, with twists and turns you are unlikely to have expected.
Overall, it is a very good film, with a well-built storyline, which you are unlikely to forget.
I found the plot predictable and the so-called dark humour juvenile and simplistic. As the film goes on for its overlong running time, it descends into a kind of comic book gore fest with gallons of garish fake blood and cartoonish over-acting. There is a repugnant glorification of wealth and violence, and the characterisation is lazy and stereotypical - the poor people are monsters and the rich are gullible idiots.
Soooo original, soooo exciting, sooooo intelligent, sooooo imaginative, sooooo new. I didn't expect this film to be so good.
A family of 'worms' find an apple to live in. The apple is too good, they are not alone so the comedy becomes a drama and...more.
The film is not only very entertaining but also trigerring lots of question and thoughts. Go with friends and then you would have enough to feed your conversation for 10 hours. I can't say any more without spoiling the film, there is a surprise every ten minutes and it is credible, very credible.
0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.
Almost, but not quite 5 stars
- Parasite review by Champ
Obviously, this film has been praised to the heavens, and consequently sets expectations sky high. And I really, really loved it...but not quite as much as everyone else seemed to. To be specific, I thought the third act didn't quite live up to the promise of the first two.
Still really brilliant, all the same, and highly recommended
0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.
Billed as a comedy - really!
- Parasite review by BE
Two stars for effort. May be something got lost in sizing it down to a television screen but I failed to equate to this Korean movie. I found it ultimately boring and two hours too long. Watched all the way through to see if would redeem itself and give at least an inkling as to why it won the 2020 Oscar for best film. Nothing apparent