Film review: Parasite is, by far, the crowning achievement of 2019

It will remind you just how immersive a truly remarkable film can be

Editor’s Note: If winning best picture, director, foreign language film, and original screenplay statues at the 2020 Academy Awards isn’t enough to get you to see Parasite, perhaps Halifax Presents film critic Jordan Parker’s review will.

Initially reviewed at last year’s FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Parasite is now available on Blu-ray and digital. It can also still be seen on the big screen at Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane in Halifax until at least February 13.

The thing about Parasite is, it’s ten different genres cocooned into one film.
It starts as a slow-burn, with essences of great comedy and slapstick, and moves into a Grifters-style con movie, before turning the volume up to 11 and becoming something I couldn’t have dreamed up if I tried.

Parasite succeeds on every level, in every frame of the picture. It’s the very definition of frenetic, and it’s happy to find harmony in the chaotic nature of Joon-ho Bong’s direction and truly masterful screenplay.

By the time you reach the final 20 minutes, this cocooned multi-genre concoction has split itself open, and the entire affair has flown to new heights. It manages to top itself over and over again, pushing the viewer to the brink, then reeling them back in once again.

Parasite is unlike anything I’ve seen in the past five years, with performances and an ensemble that transcend descriptors. The film is captivating, and the entire thing makes for the most beguiling, entrancing time at the movies this year.

Parasite is a masterpiece, and I can’t begin to describe the plot. Read nothing, spoil nothing. See it for yourself. It will remind you just how immersive a truly remarkable film can be.

Jordan Parker is a PR professional and journalist in Halifax, and these reviews appear first on his film blog Parker & the Picture Shows.