Probably Joon-Ho's most satirical film, Okja turns his critique to capitalism & the meat industry. The film is let down by some hammy overacting, esp. from Gyllenhaal, but is assisted by Khondji's skillful cinematography and a refusal to take itself too seriously. While not the director's greatest, it's a good introduction to Sth Korean film (given its Netflix presence, it may be the first SK film many people watch).
3,3 Sans doute le filme pour la famille le plus rough que j'ai eu a voir. Ça donne vraiment envi d'être un fraichié d'Vegan. Pis me semble que ça l'aurais été encore plus fou si Paul Dano était pas juste violant en tant que éco révolutionnaire, et qu'il soit en fait engagé par un autre lobby de nourriture vegan genre les Avocats (le fruit)... enfin la twist était bonne, mais ça l'aurais pu être plus surprenant.
Okja feels like a Miyazaki movie translated into the sadistic corporal world of today, with an array of captivating larger than life characters hovering around the creature that lends the film its title, one of the best CGI creations I've had the pleasure of seeing in a movie, not only by how gorgeously animated it is, but by how well realized and tangible its relationship is with the human protagonist, Mija.
Or how to switch to being a vegaterian... Bong Joon-ho never ceases to surprises me. But what I enjoy especially in his films is that he never indulges in sentimentality. It is always spot-on and well dosed. Again, Tilda Swinton is amazing - as she had been in Bong's previous 'Snowpiercer'. Totally lurve it
Bong Joon-ho consistently and confidently tells a complete journey in his stories. An enthralling rescue quest that really tugs at the heartstrings, mainly through CGI super pigs. Actors get to play here. What do you think Jake Gyllenhaal thought of his life at this time? Humorous in an unreal way, but speaks to serious natures of consumption and environmental footprints.
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?
[tiny spoiler] Its virtue is how it toys with stereotypes of opposite sides, the greedy ruthless capitalists, the naive idealistic activists. And in the center, oblivious to the disputes, is the story of a friendship between a little girl and an animal. The fact that Monsanto did try to patent the pig in 2005, makes this more relevant. See example patent applications WO 2005/015989 and WO 2005/017204.
I came across interesting posters for Okja which gave me this thought: we all have brandings for ourselves just like parts of a pig. Ribs. Bacon. Ham. Celebrity. Rebel. Influencer. In the end, we are only a person. We try to package ourselves in pretty ways. Designer clothing. Fake over-the-top personalities. In reality, we are all the same useless drunkard that we saw in the factory.