Stu wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:33 am
It all depends on how you intrepret "revolutionary"; if you're going by the traditional, general perception of the word (like a violent, French-style "overthrow the economic oligarchs" revolution), I don't feel that Parasite
qualifies, as, while it certainly wasn't trying to paint a rosy picture of capitalism on the whole, it also muddled our sympathies (in an appropriate way) by portraying the Kims as imperfect people who weren't always 100% sympathetic, and I also can't feel that Bong was intending to justify
The textbook Marxist overtones of Snowpiercer
on the other hand, were far more explicit, and a more clear-cut example of a film with genuine revolutionary themes, IMO.
It’s absolutely revolutionary and draws parallels between the subterranean families fighting to literally be under the upper class family.
You’re downplaying the sympathetic nature of TVs Parks because they aren’t overtly abusive. He is DISGUSTED by those that serve under him and they are expendable (juxtaposed with dogs) despite he and his family thriving based off of their work.
There’s a point to emphasize the talents of the Kims and how they are all very good to exceptional at things (good enough for the Parks) but have not been afforded the same opportunities as the Parks, who fawn over mediocrity (the young boy) and are incapable or unwilling to handle their day to day.
The film is subtle and humanizing to the Parks but downright scathing in its indictment over the social structures that place them above the more talented, harder working family. There’s exploitation on both ends but the film seems to land very heavily on who the parasite is.
The ending is also entirely predicated on the notion that the idea of upward mobility in capitalism is a myth we tell ourselves to make life bearable. Bong stated it would take about longer than one lifetime for him to save up enough for the house. It forces audiences to recognize that these machinations are inescapable without systemic dismantling.
And calling things like expressing utter contempt and disgust for employees and completely ignoring that a young girl has been stabbed and is dying a “petty detail” shows that your view of the film is pretty skewed.
Yeah, the Kims broke the law. If you’re not asking why or what the reward for that really was, you’re only half watching the film.