Warning, this article contains spoilers for the Parasite movie. If you haven’t watched it yet, and you want to know whether it is worthy of your time or not. IT IS. You should watch it and you’ll not regret it.
Parasite is a South korean movie that has recently won 4 well deserved oscars. Parasite is the first foriegn language movie to win best picture (best picture award is considered the most prestigious award in the Oscars ceremonies).
One of the most interesting things about the movie is that it includes 5 different movie genres in just 2 hours and 12 minutes. It includes the Thriller, Comedy, Drama, Dark comedy and Mystery genres all together in a single movie. Including all these genres in a single movie might sometimes turn out to be a total mess, however, it wasn’t the case with Parasite. Instead, it made the movie a masterpiece.
What do critics and people in general think about the movie?
Both Critics and people in general loved the movie. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 99% rating. IMDb gave it an 8.6 out of 10. Most of the viewers gave the movie a 5 stars rating and went on social media to praise how well made the movie was and how everyone should watch it.
Parasite touches a lot of modern society problems in a brilliant way. Here are some:
1- The Huge gaps between the rich and the poor in South Korea.
The whole movie revolves around 2 families, Kim Ki-taek’s poor family and Yeon-kyo’s insanely rich family. The first few scenes in the movie demonstrate the extreme poverty that Kim’s family was facing. Their house is in a very bad condition, they are worried about what to eat and how to survive. They value free things as they are in a deep need of everything that they can get for free. Yeon-kyo’s family is the complete opposite however, they own a huge house with a large garden, all types of food and drinks, servants, different forms of luxuries and all the things that a super rich family can have.
Portraying these 2 extremely opposite families in the movie visualises the huge class discrimination between families in South Korea (The case is the same most of the other countries around the world too). Parasite reminds you that while some families are worried about what to eat the next day, other families are worried about how to spend their millions of dollars on useless things.
2- The Human Greed.
Ki-woo, one of the poor family members successfully lands a job at the house of the rich family. Instead of being grateful, he helps his sister, his mom and his dad to also get jobs at the rich family’s house using cunning and tricks. In the process, they steal other people’s jobs too. They don’t stop here too, they act as if the house of Yeon-kyo is their own when Yeon-kyo and her family members go on a trip. That leads their lives to be in a complete chaos as they get caught by one of the previous workers at the house.
The point Parasite makes here is that a lot of humans are greedy by nature. They never get satisfied and they always ask for more till they lose everything in the process. This is exactly what happens with Ki-woo and his family as they lose everything they gained suddenly because of their greedy actions.
3- The power of words and body language.
We have previously mentioned that all of the poor family members successfully land jobs using cunning and tricks. Ki-jeong for example perfectly pretends to be an ‘art therapist’. She acts super confident during her first meeting with Yeon-kyo, uses the right words and phrases to convince Yeon-kyo that her capabilities are super powerful when in fact she knows nothing about art therapy at all.
What Parasite tries to show here is that there are so many people out there in the world who know nothing about what they do yet they are accepted in their positions because of the way they speak and act. Politicians can be an example here. Some politicians have no idea what they are doing yet they are generally accepted by the public because of their charming speeches and promises, and because of the way they act in front of cameras.
Final words: Parasite has nailed the representation of so many aspects of the human lives. It is safe to say that the movie was a worldwide success.