I think 3-3.5 is about fair for this one. It's not the MOST evocative movie I've ever seen, but it does manage to evoke more than the sum of its parts across its plot and characters. It's a movie that firmly believes individual human voices, especially the outcasts, shouldn't be marginalized by institutions, so from a broad audience standpoint it's fairly easy to get behind.
Okay for a monster movie that steers away from the creature just rampaging through the city cliché but I wasn't convinced with the family scenario. There's a lot of dark humour peppered throughout and trying to get that balance with the emotional scenes can be a delicate tightrope to pull off. This film is a bit murky in that area though the way the family go about their problems feels realistic in a B movie sense.
Bong Joon-ho is a master of two genres: the action film, and the dark comedy. In this film, his most famous, he uses both styles to brilliant effect, creating a monster movie full of engaging action and whip-smart wit to accompany it. It isn’t his best film, but it comes pretty close, as it has everything that makes his films great. A fun and exciting piece in the director’s filmography.