Parasite review

While Toy Story 4 rolls into cinemas this weekend to charm the socks off another generation of Buzz Lightyear fans, the grown-ups are in for something darker.

The award-winning film from Cannes, Parasite, has also arrived.

There wasn't a dissenting voice in the house when Bong Joon-ho's Parasite won the Palme d'Or at the cannes film festival this year and now Kiwi audiences can soak up this rich and provocative film.

At the epicentre of this tale is a Korean family scraping together a meagre existence in their flood-prone basement flat, always on the lookout for ways to help pay the bills.

When the son Ki-woo stumbles into some luck - an offer from a friend to tutor a rich school-girl - it opens a heavily fortified very expensive door into the obscenely wealthy home of the Park family.

Before long, the lives of these two disparate families become inexorably intertwined, the relationship not at all mutually symbiotic and clearly destined for great misfortune.

The inner core of this story has so much depth - that rare fusing of style and substance, and with so much to say about so many things.

Like me, you may be left in shock, pondering it all for days to come, and how great is that feeling.

There are certain stories told which leave me in awe of those who tell them - Parasite is one of those. A dark, deeply funny, searingly relevant tale which will remain embedded in my subconscious for my lifetime. 

Five stars.