Late to the party re “Parasite” but I finally watched it. I thought it was a good movie overall. I thought it was going to be a stark examination of class warfare, the traditional haves vs have nots. I was prepared to watch the have nots claw their way to the top and cheer them on. And then... midway through, it just got really weird. Was not prepared for that at all. This is definitely a Best Picture unlike any other winner.
I think my biggest problem with the movie is that I didn’t find any of the characters particularly sympathetic. I liked the poor family until all the nastiness to get into the rich family’s lives began. I found the rich family to be vapid, particularly the scene where rich wife is on her phone the whole time while shopping and just puts items into the cart while poor dad walks a few paces behind her like a modern day slave. Part of my issue is that there wasn’t much background on how they got to be so rich, unless I missed it. Does the husband work really really hard? Or did they inherit it all? I didn’t even feel much sympathy for the old housekeeper, who was deceiving her employer.
In the end, I found myself feeling empty and wanting more of a satisfying resolution.
I also wish that if the Academy had considered this movie to be so worthy of Best Picture, that a few of the actors would have been nominated. I would have nominated Poor Son, Rich Wife and Poor Dad. Why is it so hard for Asian actors to get nominated for acting awards at the Oscars? So few and far in between. Just like with Crouching Tiger and The Last Emperor where the movies were deemed among the best of the year but no recognition at all for the actors.
For sure, this movie benefited from the backlash against the almost entirely white slate of acting nominees It’s like Hollywood was protesting a bit too much “See we aren’t racist! We will name a Korean film as Best Picture and make history!”
Who was the lady that spoke who got the lights shut off on her until the audience clamored to let her speak? Was that a producer or an actress? I hadn’t seen the film before the ceremony so now trying to picture her face again, was it the old housekeeper?