Local filmgoers agree that ‘Parasite’ deserved the Best Picture Oscar

'Parasite' follows a South Korean family played by, from left, Woo-sik Choi, Kang-ho Song, Hye-jin Jang and So-dam Park.

Daily Post Staff Writer

Local moviegoers who watched the South Korean movie “Parasite” at Palo Alto’s Aquarius Theater Monday (Feb. 10) night said they know why the film won the Oscar for Best Picture.

“I really like that it touched on a lot of topics like social class and inequality and hierarchies within society,” said Carolina Zuviri of Menlo Park, who called it thought-provoking.

Marco Miotti of Palo Alto said the movie was “a lot to process.”

“It’s like three different types of movies in one: comedy, thriller, drama,” Miotti said. “Definitely loved it. I loved the acting, cinematography.”

Roberta Ahlquist of Palo Alto said the movie was brilliant.

“(He’s) a filmmaker who clearly looks at the split between wealth and poverty and portrays it in a very powerful way,” Ahlquist said.

Zach Wheeler of Menlo Park said “it felt like it was David Lynch met Wes Anderson.”

The subtitled film by Korean director Bong Joon-ho, which won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at Sunday’s Academy Awards, combines comedy, social commentary and horror into a compelling thriller that leaves viewers guessing. The movie tells the story of a poor family of four struggling to work alongside their wealthy employers.

Caroline Lavelle of Los Altos had seen the director’s 2009 film “Mother” and said that “Parasite” was more violent.

“I thought it was fabulous,” Lavelle said. “Nothing superficial about how (the director) goes after things.”

The plot

The movie starts with a shot of well-worn socks hung to dry in the family’s home in a basement. The four family members — a mother, father, brother and sister — figure out what to do after their cellphone service and Internet are shut off. Together, they scramble to fold stacks of pizza boxes to earn a small paycheck that will put food on the table.

As the father Ki-taek says, they live in an economy where an opening for a security guard job attracts 500 college graduates.

Things change as the son, Ki-woo, catches a seemingly lucky break when his friend recommends him for a cushy tutoring job in a rich household. The friend also gives him a heavy stone that’s supposed to bring prosperity.

This stone, and the desire for material comfort, clings to Ki-woo throughout the movie until he can no longer bear the burden. He eventually tries to pass this burden on to someone else, but that ends up backfiring.


  1. Their were a lot better movies then Parasite that got snubbed and a lot of actors and actress’s as well. Only saving grace was Brad Pit won his first oscar as a supporting actor since he first came on the scene in the movie thelma and louise over 25 years ago. Too bad it took hollywood this long to recognize his talent when he made a lot of movies along the way that should have won him a best actor award. The majority of the winners were unknown and foreigners. And the other saving grace was pixar won another oscar for toy story 4 for best animated film. Other then that the 2020 Oscars were dumb stupid and pathetic with winners using their 2 minutes of fame to grieve about politics and other gripes they had. Its been coming a turn off when I just want to watch an award show without people airing their first amendment rights which is their right do so but find some other platform. Even football is a turn off for me because it used to be all about football and now you have athletes as well putting in their 2 cents. Their was a time when award shows and sports were just that now its being ruined by people airing everything that is wrong with america.

  2. I have not yet seen the film, but have wondered how the theme of housing inequality compares to our own RV population and closet-size apartments in San Francisco. Not to mention tent cities on the sidewalks. Reminds me of the movie Soylent Green.

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