It’s interesting that I chose to watch this a short while after watching “Us”. Both deal with somewhat similar subject matter and with similar genre influences. “Parasite” succeeds where Peele’s entry failed though. It may be a Korean film, but the themes are universal. Casting, writing, and direction are uniformly excellent. Performances were extremely layered. It’s a masterclass in the conjuring and realisation of a fascinating story. Out of all of the aspects of the film, only the comedy felt off to me. It felt manufactured and took me out of the story.
Perhaps I’ve become accustomed to Bong Joon-ho’s plotting and style, but I felt it wasn’t quite as groundbreaking as others found it to be. That’s not to take anything away from an absolutely amazingly good film though. It just felt somewhat familiar, and having seen 2018’s “Shoplifters”, it didn’t come across as a 10/10 masterpiece. Those who’ve seen that film might empathise with me regarding the similarities. It’s a damned good film though.
Digitally shot, the transfer is near flawless. Colours are precise, with the cinematography using colour and lighting to great effect as another way to signify the class differences. Only the most minor moments of banding hold it back.
A great 5.1 audio mix. There’s great precision and dynamics in the mix, surrounds are used effectively, and the all important dialogue is clear. The score is excellent. Subtitles are well timed, and easy to follow.