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Movie Review: Okja

July 4, 2017

okja-posterThis movie was a trip that’s either giving typical genre conventions the finger or simply isn’t aware of them. This is the newest film from Bong Joon Ho, the director of Snowpiercer, and he still seems upset with corporate power and greed in this Netflix original film. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but it’s essentially My Neighbor Totoro meets Babe but with GMO and animal rights plot points woven throughout. So if you really love eating meat and or really hate giant cgi super pigs then this is not for you.

Acting was amazing, Ahn Seo-hyun plays the lead Mija and she seems to have mastered acting with something that isn’t actually there. Tilda Swinton is fantastic as always. Steven Yeun and Paul Dano have some great chemistry and I kinda want a spin off with them.

Jake Gyllenhaal though, holy shit man. I go back and forth on this performance, it’s like Steve Irwin by way of Ace Ventura and filtered through a broken set of morals. It’s sort of an awe to behold if not for the fact that it’s tonally at odds with the rest of the film. And for a film whose tone is truly all over the place that’s really saying something.

The title character is a giant cgi super pig and she looks amazing. Sure the cgi becomes slightly more obvious during the several chase and action sequences, but in the quiet moments between Mija and Okja I found myself forgetting that it wasn’t real.

Overall this film is fucking great if you’re sick of seeing the same kinds of plots over and over again. It might be a bit jarring at first, but it’s worth the ride and it’s on Netflix so you have no excuse. 8.75/10

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