Parasite (2019) Review: The Insects of the Society

Have you read Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis? Let’s pretend you haven’t read it, then I shall give you a quick summary because if you came to me and ask me what Parasite is all about — I would tell you it’s the opposite of The Metamorphosis. You see, there is one thing they both have in common: It’s about the “filthy insects” of the society that no one aspires to be. Hey, I’m just being real. Unlike The Metamorphosis where the protagonist became a burden to the family, Parasite logically provides a rationale for why leeching is justified. If you think about it, the working class is like the earthworms we find in the garden. They are buried in the underground and hidden from society’s sight but play a vital role in sustaining the glamorous lifestyle of the wealthy.

Now by no means, the film tries to justify bad behavior as acceptable in society. Instead, it successfully illustrates the poor’s real struggle by giving them a voice, a different perspective that most often societies are too ashamed to acknowledge. It does bold things by tearing down and distinguishing the rich from the poor. From the wealthy perspective, money can buy many things. Money can ease the mundane worries that life throws at us. In contrast, from the poor perspective, money is power and money can also make one become delusional into believing that the world is a safe haven. For instance, the character Yeon Kyo, the naïve wife, does not deserve to be conned, however, her niceness stems from the fact she never had to deal with the daily struggles that normal people do — such as something as simple as cooking. Unfortunately, this is the beginning of a tragedy and the downfall of the Park family.

In my final thought, the film is a bit of a tragedy and at the same time, a bittersweet victory for the working class. The film does not condemn the rich for their naivety nor depicts them as evil villains who suppress the poor from rising above in society. The rich people in this film are just simply nice folks who provide jobs for the poor but have become too delusional to relate to the struggles of the lower class. In the end, it’s the working class that rises to the top because they actually do the real work. Seriously, no pun intended. You can’t argue against this notion, which makes this film a powerful statement to society. I can see why this film was voted the best film of 2019 by critics.

3 thoughts on “Parasite (2019) Review: The Insects of the Society

  1. Adrian February 1, 2021 / 10:20 am

    I have never thought of myself as an earthworm before. Hmm. I like that analogy. You’re right too. One cannot argue that notion as the earthworms dig deep in toil while those above frolic in the beauty that wouldn’t exist without the working class. There is a veil that covers the eyes of both sides of society. I like how you clarify the delusion of the wealthy is not ill intended. Not all things are as they seem.

    I enjoyed this review as I have been wanting to watch this movie. Thanks for sharing Halsdoll!

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    • Halsdoll February 1, 2021 / 10:23 am

      Thank you so much for thoughtful comment. I hope you enjoy the movie when you get the chance to watch. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

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