What is this new South Korean film that is universally being hailed as an all time masterwork? Let’s take a look!
Firstly, it cannot be stated enough how essential it is to blindly see this film. Obviously, I will not dive into any spoilers or indicate fully the unique directions this film takes. All I can say is that the hype is well warranted and I’d advise anyone to simply let the film do its magic without reading up too much on it. I will be sure to avoid leading where this film goes, but rather discuss the strong impact it’s leaving on the audience.
This is a film that works successfully on many different levels. It’s a film that is completely unique in tone and storytelling. It’s a highly intense thriller, a darkly hilarious comedy and a social satire all at once. Very similar to how one could describe a Quentin Tarantino film, it can’t be classified into a specific genre. It’s entirely its own unique universe, style and story. It is a film that is both easy to get into, yet it deeply explores themes that are universal and is a strongly insightful film thematically. It’s also wildly entertaining from start to finish. It’ll leave many thinking and discussing it long after the credits roll.
What’s so great about this film is that you truly can’t figure out which direction it’ll go next. You think you’ll have its aim figured out but then it’ll pull the rug right off the carpet and go in a completely different direction. This height of originality is truly a gift from director Bong Joon-ho. It’s an incredibly clever and timelessly relevant film without any form of pretensions. The storytelling feels organic and natural. The way the story is crafted is just so clever. The film feels so alive and full of energy. The way it leaves one feeling as the credits roll is…plain unique. The power of this film is truly one of a kind.
And I’m afraid I’ll have to leave it at that as far as describing the film itself. I just genuinely don’t want to say much else to ruin the experience for anybody and all I can really do is praise it all day. Just go see it!! It’s one of those films that’ll leave one walking out the theater completely in awe. And the best part is that it isn’t the kind of film you’re amazed by once but it loses steam upon revisiting it. It’s a deeply layered and rich film with plenty of layers to unravel upon repeated viewings. South Korean cinema has been increasingly receiving attention in America and it’s appearing this is already going down as THE definitive Korean film experience, which was considered to be Oldboy (2003) prior to this release. Just when it seems like all cinematic possibilities have been explored, it’s truly a wonderful feeling to come across a film this original and endlessly fascinating.