Movie Review Flashback: Is ‘Parasite’ Worth Winning Best Picture?

There is a popular phrase spoken by individuals who are seeking stardom; ‘Fake it ’till you make it.’ Translated: Pretend to be something greater than you are until one day you actually are great. That is the basis of Parasite and how the consequences of the ‘Fake it ’till you make it’ strategy really looks.

Let me be clear. Parasite is not the best movie I’ve seen but it is worthy of its 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The story is very clear.

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A poor family in South Korea manages to infiltrate a rich family by working for them, providing themselves a better way of life. What transpires is a dark imagining of the consequences of deception and how the phrase ‘skeletons in the closet’ gets taken to the next level.

It truly is an artful film that concludes in, spoiler alert, a lot of blood. Whose blood, I won’t tell, but things get pretty ugly.

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As someone who is a fan of watching Oscar-winning films, I’m very pleased to add this to my list. It was exceptionally different, well-directed, well-written, well thought out, and it sent the message that sometimes being nice can go a long way.

There are a lot of poor people around the globe. There’s no reason to trod on them and to make them feel lesser just because a wealthier person may simply smell better. You’re probably wondering what I’m talking about. Just watch the film and you’ll understand.

So, is this movie worth winning Best Picture?

Yes, it is. I personally like Joker more but it was really good and the more I think about it the more impressed I am about the film.

Parasite deserves the Oscar because it was unlike any other movie in the category and is incredibly distinct among all Best Picture winning films. There’s been nothing like it and for a foreign film to grab my attention as much as it did I am thrilled it was given the recognition it deserved.

Bong Joon-Ho is a brilliant storyteller. I’m hoping he continues to tell stories as powerful, bold, and vindictive as this one.

I’m giving this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars 95 out of 100. Like I said before, it’s not the best movie I’ve ever seen but it’s not bad either.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

 

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