Analyzing genre in Parasite

The Korean movie Parasite squeezes into a westernized blockbuster size hole, subverting usual conventions of a generic American thriller. It chooses to paint an image of disparity between classes of rich and poor, focusing on the differences and inabilities to connect. Parasite as a movie could be described as a satirical drama in which Bong Joon-ho, the director, puts two families with completely different values in a stake for survival, ultimately showing us that they’re simply human, all villains in each other’s stories. The back and forth between these opposing families builds a dark-humour that continues to build through-out the movie creating a thrilling showdown at the end, following all the classic tropes of separate genres from thrillers to dramatic comedies yet committing to them in the authentic multi-genre story it chooses to be.

As a foreign movie it continues to do well on Western screens through its use of dark dreary lighting, switching between slow tense-building wide angle shots and close-ups used commonly in American thrillers. In conclusion, it’s a cinematic experience that transcends language and allows the audience to experience its own class battles though another in its satirical extremities, using all possible elements of classic tropes from multiple genres to create something almost new.