Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Latest 'Parasite' Trailer Sings Bong Joon-Ho's Praises

When people toss around the word “masterpiece,” I usually tune out, especially when it comes to new movies—that’s a term that, to truly apply, I feel needs sit and simmer and have some perspective and distance. That said, when I hear it applied to a Bong Joon-ho movie, while I have to see it for myself, it gets me all revved up because the South Korean filmmaker is a non-stop hit machine. As you might imagine, I’m rather excited for his latest, Parasite, which has been collecting rave reviews, is almost here, and dropped this new trailer.

I’m usually immune to advanced knowledge when it comes to movies. In most cases, I can know details about a film and, as long as it’s a compelling, well-crafted work, that doesn’t diminish my enjoyment. 

Parasite, however, is one that, early on, I decided to keep my blinders up as much as possible. And thankfully so has the marketing push. This trailer, while tense and compelling, doesn’t give away much in the way of details. Though it does make me want to watch the hell out of this movie right now, even if it is similar to what we’ve already seen.

Here’s a synopsis if you crave more:
Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks.
Parasite features a fantastic cast that includes the always great Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-am, Lee Jung Eun, and Chang Hyae-jin. NEON is set to release the film on October 11, though if I have to guess, given their track record, that will be limited in scope with a wider roll-out to follow in subsequent weeks.

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