Thoughts on The Host

Saturday, December 4, 2010 6:33 PM By Simon

-A chemically-altered monster wreaks havoc at the Hun River, eating pedestrians all about. When he grabs a young girl and takes her down to his lair, her family--slow-witted father (Song Kang-ho), archer aunt (Ko Ah-seong), alcoholic former activist uncle (Park Hae-il), and snack-bar owner grandfather (Byeon Hee-bong)--reunite after some time to find her.

-While officially a monster horror movie, there are elements of drama and comedy (including the funniest funeral scene ever committed to celluloid).

-Aw shit, this is awesome. Acting, action sequences, Monster, plot, twists, backhand of typical monster movies, everything. Brilliant.

-And sad, at the end. Very sad.

-Bong Joon-ho, like Park Chan-wook, never makes a movie I don't like.

-One thing: this film does not have a high opinion of Americans. Or America, for that matter. The opening scene, where a US Army doctor orders his Korean assistant to dump a bunch of toxic chemicals down the drain because their bottles are dusty, to the modern-day one who interviews the dad (named Gang-du), even the young soldier during the initial attack who keeps yelling, loudly and obnoxious and persistantly "I gotta help!". It's political in the loosest definition of the term 'casually'.

-Oh, guys.

2 comments:

franzpatrick.com said...

I remember taking some friends during the 1st year of college to see this movie... Oh, man! They hated it. They told me they didn't get it, it wasn't scary, blah blah blah. I never took them to another movie again... Miraculously, we remained friends. But I only saw movies like IRON MAN with them. And they drove.

I liked this! It was creative.

December 4, 2010 at 7:42 PM
Simon said...

Franz: Chinese water torture your friends until they've see the error of their ways, is all I can say.

December 5, 2010 at 9:22 PM