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TIFF 2019 Review: PARASITE

The festival phenom is worth every word of hype.

You often walk into festival screenings full of anticipation. After all, most have these films have been discussed and built up to no end. The screening however is where it’s all put on the table – a moment that has often left many wanting. It’s not that these films are “bad”, but they rarely live up to the hype surrounding them.

PARASITE is not this type of film.

In fact, PARASITE is unlike any film that you’ve ever experienced which is the heart of it’s genius. Laughs, terror, and a streamlined thematic presence, PARASITE refuses to be placed in any one box. Taking genre and genuine social drama, director Bong Joon Ho juggles with knives while smiling, giving everyone in the theater and experience they will remember.

Technically, this film is an almost perfect edit. It’s pacing reminds one of some of their best experiences in a theme park – lost in thrill and excitement. The performances bring the narrative to a place that leaves the audience in an almost meditative state after the film, which is filled with nuance and truth. If one decides to look deeper, there is a wealth of cinematic gold to explore, but if you’re just looking for a good time it’s there. A special nod needs to be given to Yeo-jeong Jo, who shined amidst treasured performances in her role as Park Yeon-kyo.

To put it simply, miss PARASITE and you might have missed the best the festival has to offer.


Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton is a Toronto based filmmaker and creative mad man. Legend has it that he spent most of his childhood locked away in a cell beta testing Netflix.