By Zakariya Jourane
Parasite is a movie that has attained nationwide renown despite originating in another country—South Korea. It even won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival being the first Korean film to do such a thing. This is only one of the movie’s nearly 200 accolades received in addition to its over 300 nominations. As a result, there is no doubt that Parasite is a highly acclaimed film. The movie itself is a more enjoyable and surprising experience without any prior knowledge about it, so proceed with caution.
Due to its critical acclaim, there must be some deeper reason for the film’s appeal beyond typical amusements such as acting or engaging storytelling. The major subject matter of Parasite is a social commentary on the construct of society; namely, the dynamics between the poor and rich. The basic plot of Parasite is a poor young man obtaining a tutoring job from his close friend for a wealthy family. Once he is “in” the wealthy family, he recommends the family hire his sister as a tutor for their other child. However, he does not reveal to the family that this person is his sister. The process repeats itself until the entire poor family has successfully infiltrated and replaced the previous workers of the wealthy family. All the while, the fact that the poor family are, in fact, family and not simply acquaintances is unbeknownst to the wealthy family. This might not seem so treacherous if not for the underhanded methods the poor family uses to eliminate the wealthy family’s servants. The biggest twist is yet to come, however, and that should absolutely be a surprise to the viewer.
Aside from the thought-provoking premise, Parasite masterfully blends elements of comedy, tragedy, thriller, and satire into a satisfying cinematic experience that demands an encore.