“Parasite” the South Korean tragicomedy and the first foreign-language film to win the Best Picture award in the 92-year history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), well deserved this honor.
The choice, not only speaks well of the the academy, it also reflects on the growing importance of the international world of film. Hollywood who often goes for the popular and easy choices has made a statement with the selection of “Parasite” that breaks down barriers.
In addition to that, “Parasite” is good.
Brilliantly directed by Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite” utilizes a mash up of genres resulting in an entertaining and important film.
The story which touches on class, manners and traditions centers around the poor Kim family and the well-to-do Parks.
The Kim clan live in squalor in a dingy, claustrophobic basement dwelling with next to no income while the Parks seemingly have it all. Until fate and a little deception bring the two families together.
“Parasite,” that also won best international film, best original screenplay and best director, is spot on. Its pacing keeps the audience glued to their seats as they follow along from an upstairs-downstairs comedy of manners to a thriller before ending in tragedy.
At last night’s Oscars, the “Parasite” team seemed genuinely surprised to win the honor.
Although the director, Bong Joon Ho speaks little English and works with a translator, one thing that needed no translation was his backstage reaction to winning the award:
“It’s nearly fucking crazy,” he said.”
To see the full list of last night’s winners, click here.
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