Part of the reason I feel “Parasite” is one of the best films of the year is due to my inability to place it in a genre. Bong Joon-ho continues to push the boundaries of what we should expect out of movies by creating a slow-burn that peels back so many layers between the rich and poor to show that we’re not different at all. It certainly isn’t like “The Host” or “Snowpiercer,” since the high-concept ideas of those sci-fi movies is replaced with several broken family units trying to cling to any chance they can to live. But what I loved most was how despicable and rotten each character acts, greedily consuming whatever they can no matter what that does to other people, and yet they’re all so well-acted with just enough humanity that I can’t hate any of them – they’re all despate people who don’t have anything to lose, and we’re along for the ride, making for one of the more barbaric yet dazzling cinematic experiences of the year.
Final Grade: A