Parasite (2019) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Parasite (2019) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Parasite (2019) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Parasite (2019) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Bong Joon-ho
Starring: Song Kang-ho, Jo Yeo-Jeong, Woo-sik Choi
RATED: R/REGION A/2:39/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Universal Studios

Meet the Park family, the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, Parasite showcases a modern master at the top of his game.

Literally, on the night that I watched Parasite rack up a pretty good run at the Oscars, I got to sit down and watch Parasite for myself and I’m impressed with it. This is a movie that is a bit hard to put in a box under one genre. I’ve seen it on horror lists but there really isn’t anything horror about it besides the later half of the film and even that is no more horror than any other violent thriller. But Parasite also has an almost dark comedic charm to it as well. So you can’t put it under a single genre but you can enjoy it for what it is and what it turns out to be is a darn good movie. Basically we have a family living in the lower ranks of life. The son of the family gets a job with a rich family and they then start to slowly get each family member a job with the same family while acting like they don’t all know one another.

This all goes well until the maid they get rid of doesn’t want to go easily and while I won’t spoil it I’ll at least say this sets forth the chain of events that turns the interest level and everything thing else about the movie up for more than a few notches. This is a movie that is acted out extremely well, it packs some bloody moments near the end, and it comes with some social commentary to top it all off. At the end of the day, I’m not sure I’d take Parasite over Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for best picture, but I do think it comes in at a close second. If you can get over the fact you have to read the subtitles you should be able to fully enjoy this one as much as I did.

Extras

  • Q&A session with director Bong Joon-ho
  • Trailers

Quality of Transfer: 98%

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