By: Meredith Murphy
Every year at the Oscars there is a set of four to five films that are nominated across every category and take home several awards. In the 2020 Oscars one of these films, which took home four awards, was the 2019 international movie “Parasite,” directed by Bong Joon-ho.
“Parasite” is the symbolic battle between the rich and the poor. The film follows a young man, Ki-Woo, who forges his resume and then replaces his friend as an English tutor to Da-hye Park, a young girl from a rich family. Slowly, the family of Ki-Woo, or Kevin as he is known in the Park House, has begun to be employed by the Park family. The drama here is that the Parks do not realize that any of their employees are related, and a conspiracy is taking place under their noses. The film holds deeper meaning than just the difference between the rich and poor, and talks about the ideals of which is a better society, and the struggle between the people in each society, to be the top of their class.
The film received critical acclaim, holding a score of 99% from critics and a 91% from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. This acclaim is definitely justified, as this thriller keeps you on the edge of your seat and questions everything you know about society as a whole. The symbolism and psychological aspects of the film add to the fear you feel and the confused sympathies for the Parks and Ki-Woo’s family. Bong Joon-Ho creates a masterpiece that allows the watcher to think about how we view others and ourselves.