First Glance: “Parasite”


At first glance (see what I did there) you might be tempted to dismiss the new Bong Joon-ho film as simply a film auteur flexing his weirdness muscle. The early parts of the recently released U.S. trailer for “Parasite” lends to that idea. But the near universal enthusiasm and the heaps of critical praise should indicate that the 2019 Palm d’Or winner at Cannes has much more up its multi-faceted sleeve.

The new trailer shows that Bong Joon-ho has tons more on his mind that being ‘weird’. In fact the trailer alone shows “Parasite” to be a genre-hopping socially conscience experience. And there are so many striking images that stand out from the small slice we’re given. Is it horror, a comedy, or a thriller? Can Bong Joon-ho keep it all corralled? Does his social commentary smother out the drama? Will it get a good-sized American release? I don’t know, but I’m so excited to find out.

“Parasite” is set to release in the U.S. on October 11th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

12 thoughts on “First Glance: “Parasite”

  1. Yeah. Them things are bad. I done give my dog some pills and the stuff in the syringe you shoot down their gullet and they been pooprout worms ever since.

  2. With the exception of Okja (which I have yet to see as a whole as my Internet is total shit as I’m unable to use Netflix), Bong Joon-Ho is a filmmaker whose work I’ll totally watch as I really want to see this.

  3. This looks really good! The trailer, especially the editing, reminds me of The Handmaiden one, which might be my favorite trailer of all time! I will definitely check out Parasite!

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