Vegan screed aside, there is something about "Okja" that just feels needlessly cruel, as though it only exists to take something pure and drag it through the mud of a cynical world, one in which both radical leftists and American super-conglomerates operate without the public's consent. Okay, that actually does sound like our reality, but did we need Jake Gyllenhaal's bizarre David Cross impression on top of that?
Bong continues to adjust uneasily to Hollywood—I'd take this over Snowpiercer because the insanity is more fluid and elastic (now featuring twice as many crazy characters played by Tilda Swinton!). For a while, I wasn't sure if it really felt meat was murder or if it was just mixing all sides into an absurd slurry of satire. It's when it tries to narrow its explosive elements into a tidy plot that it stumbles.
A scathing denunciation on western capitalism and the meat industry, Okja is a fearless and angry film underneath the cute veneer of a children's film. To be honest, this film is brutal and it doesn't flinch from showing humankind's Holocaust against animals. Its best comparison is Sinclair's the Jungle and not ET. This is one of the best films of year and Bong Joon-Ho is one of the best filmmakers in the world!
PC/TV screen. I always imagined how would Miyazaki and Takahata's ecological parables and fables be if were transposed out of animated figures and, of course, Bong Joon Ho gives the clear answer: little different. A statement of principles against human's holocaust towards animals, that doesn't forget that cinema is a syncope of narrative dreamed images. Too bad the caricature is sometimes too coarse.
It almost feels like Miyazaki directed it with its personification of Okja. I'm getting some My Neighbor Totoro vibes from it and Bong Joon-Ho did such a good job executing this all so familiar topic with such outlandish, exagerrated characters.
A unique and original film that makes you wonder why it's taken this long to get such a gripping, emotional film about the highly controversial food industry that wasn't a statistics-based, alarmist documentary. The film's tonal-shifts are admittedly a bit of an issue, but by the end, they largely work themselves out to paint a film that shows the multiple angles and implications of a corporate conglomerate's greed.
Fuck all the claims that it is "confused tone" or "messy" or "far from perfect" this is a fantastic film with a brilliant mix of genres and a refreshingly multi-cultural cast. And the message is a bombshell. Absolutely beautiful. It's raw heart is it's perfection.
A beautiful roller-coaster of a film that gets the audience on side immediately by conjuring the warmth and magic of Miyazake's Spirited Away. Okja finds Bong sending a damning environmental message that is so much more effective than the often tacky and hysterical Snowpiercer. Superbly shot with near seamless CGI integration. 4 stars