And as the title page to the movie also reminds us, the Cannes 2019 Palme d’Or
I went and saw this today. My son was turning 25 and he chose this movie to go and see. I went in completely blind. I had never seen a trailer and was Shocked to see no thread exists here on QT3 for this.
This movie builds tension so phenomenally well over the course of the movie, that I can’t help but compare it to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The number of false leads and dead ends this movie lead me into believing is a testament to the craft of the director and how he fakes left and goes straight.
Parasite starts out as a jovial movie as we meet the family that somehow is surviving on odd jobs and stealing wifi from neighbors. “Why don’t they go outside?” I’m wondering about 5 minutes into the movie as they all think the world is coming to an end because they can’t get on WhatsAp.
Things start to turn around with the receipt of a scholar rock and the turn of events. I’m not afraid of saying that the whimsy and camaraderie within the family unit really had me liking them. They live lower than shit and yet their plucky can-do attitude and scheming had me straight away plugging them as a parasite, living off others as much as they could do, but then why wasn’t the movie called parasites?
This is but one misdirection and one set of emotions that tumbled from one to another throughout the movie to its astounding climax, and we all left the movie really enjoying our experience. In fact, our conversation was almost all about Tarantino movies all the way home and why I can’t shake the comparison between this & Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - another movie that had it’s whimsy and misdirection with a wonderful climax.
I can’t comment on most Oscar nominees except for OUTH, Parasite and the Irishman which I’ve seen - and the Irishman doesn’t even belong in this league that’s for sure.
I’m really happy I saw Parasite and we were wondering what a second viewing might be like.