Parasite – Review

I had heard about Parasite from a friend, but was not getting enough time to watch it. To be totally honest, I tend to procrastinate watching movies in foreign languages as it takes me more time to follow.


Parasite is a South Korean dark comedy thriller film, directed by Bong Joon Ho.

It is a story of an underprivileged family. Everyone in the family is smart but unemployed when the movie starts. As the movie progresses, they manage to con a wealthy family and end up working for them.

Then something unexpected happens and it changes the lives of both the families.

The social satire is shown through a very simple story of two families. The writing is to the point and smartly funny. The movie connects with the viewers from the word go.

The cinematography and screenplay is a visual treat, be it the wide outdoors or the shots inside the house. Also, the background music enhances the mood of every scene.

Last but not the least, the actors have done a splendid job. Their work seemed very fresh and effortless. As far as I am concerned, it felt very refreshing to me. Others might differ on this as I haven’t seen much content in the similar space.

The story very intelligently differentiates the rich and the poor by using rain metaphorically. A night’s rain floods the entire neighborhood of the poor, whereas it’s a very calming and beautiful event for the rich. This shows how a beautiful message can be conveyed through a scene, instead of focusing on specific character development.

The amalgamation of light comedy and suspense makes Parasite a modern day masterpiece.

Parasite at the Oscars

Parasite was nominated for Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Direction, Film Editing, Production Design and International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.

Parasite is the first foreign language film to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Also, Bong Joon Ho is the first South Korean director to win the Best Director Award.

Akash Chaudhuri
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