“Parasite” (2019 Korean movie) review


Movie: “Parasite”
Studio: Barunson E&A/CJ Entertainment/Neon
Year: 2019


Before there was any hype for this movie, I had no idea what this movie was about. I only knew that it was from South Korea. I was assuming that it could be an action thriller or horror film based on the title. I wasn’t paying attention to the accolades this movie had already received from various film festivals around the globe. Once again, I went to the movie theater blind with a clean slate.


A family of four living in poverty in South Korea have to live on temporary jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. One day Kim Ki-woo lands a job as an English tutor for the daughter of a wealthy family. He eventually gets his sister a job as an art tutor for the son of that same wealthy family. Later the rest of the family land jobs that have to do with the wealthy family.

Their goal is to bamboozle that wealthy family and try to escape that life of poverty. Eventually, things go spiraling out of control when something backfires and they have to try to fix everything while not blowing their cover.


First of all, there were many layers to the story and characters. Just when you had an idea that something will happen, a new plot twist occurs to thicken the storyline.

I really love that this was a dark comedy involving relatable people because you kind of feel for the characters, but you know what they are doing is wrong. Despite this, you still cheer for them because you can relate to their struggles to make ends meet. Many of us know what it’s like to have to struggle, get a taste of the good life, and do whatever it takes to get out of the bottom towards the top.


Without making any spoilers, there are a few bad things, and it mostly has to do with some characters not having closures especially some of the minor characters that affect the storyline. Maybe with the popularity of “Parasite” we can get a sequel or a spinoff to get some of our questions answered.


After seeing this movie, the hype for “Parasite” started to grow where they were being nominated and winning bigger awards. It became viral where people around the world were watching this work of art. It has been said that it will open the doors for more international movies, especially ones from Asia to the West. “Parasite” has shown that once people can overcome language barriers and subtitles, great movies exist all over the world, not just from North America and Europe. Many of my friends heard about the buzz surrounding this work of art and had to see it for themselves. Hopefully, it can get all the praise and accolades it deserves like the Oscars and Golden Globes.

Overall rating: 4.5/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic

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