Having re-watched Parasite twice more since I initially saw it, I feel a little silly with the list I wrote about the best Best Picture winners of the 2010s. Yes, I have an unhealthy obsession with Birdman, but to place Parasite beneath Argo is just criminal.
Directed by Bong Joon-Ho, and the first foreign film to ever win Best Picture (as well as the Palme d’Or), Parasite is unlike any Best Picture winner before it, and in the best way possible. Part comedy, part tragedy (but not a tragicomedy), part thriller, Parasite doesn’t really fit into any specific category, which is why I might not have appreciated it enough at first. Essentially, it’s a story about a poor family who sneak their way into working for a rich family. But, within that plot is all this subtext about class, as well as subtext concerning South and North Korean relations. It’s a knock-out film, and it sits at the top of the heap with the rest of these movies.