Year: 2019 Director: Bong Joon-Ho
Is it a black comedy? Is it a thriller? Is it a modern parable?
All of these, and none of these. If there is one criticism – and it’s the only one – it’s a movie that never quite knows what it wants to be, and it answers all three of those questions above, moving between them easily. And honestly, a little too easily for me to be able to know what tone the film is setting. How much of that is language and a culture gap (subtitles, in Korean) I’ll never know.
But the positives…God, such a good movie. The juxtaposition of music and light in the house is just beautiful. Absolutely tone perfect in a way that few movies have been. The DP, Hong Kyung Pyo, should be Oscar-worthy for this. He can saturate the picture when he needs to and render darkness starkly equally as well. The plot meanders a tad. But Sharon and I, walking away, discussed it a lot, especially the question of who is the parasite. And it was satisfying to come up with so many different answers, and so many reasons why. All our arguments stood » Continue Reading.