Why do I dig this so much? Partly because it's a genre movie that hardly plays any story beat the conventional way, but also because of the blend of tones (surprise comedy), the care it gives to its characters, and the way its structure is a tour through societal and bureaucratic insanity where institutions keep getting it wrong. That our survivors talk over the TV man's explanation at the end is a sardonic joy.
Not only one of the best monsters movies ever, which it is, but an all around great movie. So many different things going on in this film. Interesting commentary on family, politics, and government. Very funny, very entertaining, at times very emotional, and beautifully shot with some really exciting action scenes. Its basically an all around wonderful, amazing film. What more could you ask for? 5/5 stars.
Here's a movie that left me speechless. Joon-ho Bong's film is funny, dark, bright and innovative. After 15 minutes, you know that, despite the fact that THE HOST belongs to a very codified genre, the Giant Monster movie, its director is undoubtedly an auteur. The test of the second vision turned out also well for the film. Masterpiece, no doubt about that.
The extreme attention to detail helps make this film textural and immersive. I love the locations where it was shot---the lake and bridge. Sure, it may be a bit "poppy" but I thought it was engrossing from start to finish!
A pesar de tratarse de una buena muestra de la calidad en el aspecto artesanal alcanzada por el cine coreano en los ultimos años (el cual no tiene nada que envidiarle a las producciones hollywoodenses) esta sobrevaloradisima cinta de terror y fantasia se resiente, mas que por otra cosa, por el poco sentido del timing cinematografico demostrado por el director Bong Joon- Ho. Es mejor ver a Godzilla desmadrando Tokyo.
Nowhere near as memorable as "Memories of Murder" but a great homage to old monster films. I especially like how Bong Joon-ho included overly explicit political commentary and polarization to the point of being campy which was a characteristic prevalent to this specific genre. Its funny though that some audiences took this way too seriously....