Ben Oliver

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They are nice because they are rich.
08 May 2021

A kid takes on a job as an English tutor to the daughter of the wealthy Park family. One way or another, the rest of his family manage to get employed by the Parks - the father as a driver, the daughter as an art therapist and the mother as the housemaid - all without the Parks realising they know each other.

An ingenious way to meld social commentary into an edge-of-the-seat thriller. It’s a tense, funny, beautifully designed and carefully paced film that works on every level and very much lives up to its hype.

If I were to poke holes in it, I wasn’t as enamoured with the final third as the rest of the world seems to be. The violence, while inevitable after the extreme high-pressure that builds in the middle, somehow took a lot of the sting out of the truly harrowing flooding scenes.

That aside, it’s hard to fault Parasite. It refuses to show a cut and dried line between good and bad, instead revelling in ambiguity and leaving itself open to interpretation. To do this without alienating the audience is a master-stroke.