A genetically-modified super-pig and its human best friend struggle to return to their South Korean home.
Directed by Bong Joon-ho
Starring Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, and Paul Dano
Initial review by Jon Kissel
Bong Joon-ho vacillates between the recognizable (Memories of Murder, Mother) and the bonkers (Snowpiercer, Okja), and he excels at both. No matter the tone, he always leaves viewers pondering the events of his film and the broader implications. His latest, Okja, might on its surface be about a girl and her super-pig, but like Snowpiercer, it has big existential ideas on its mind. Shane, Blair, and I talked for a very long time about it in a podcast review. While I appreciate any film that prompts me to talk excitedly for more than an hour, Okja is still tonally all over the place. It also teases an airtight plot in its bravura first hour before jettisoning characters that ultimately have no impact on the final scenes. This isn't Bong's best movie, and is probably his worst. However, when a director's worst movie is at a B, he's doing a lot of things right.
7/9/2017 04:49:52 pm
For direct response to the Pod
7/10/2017 11:50:29 am
Jon used a lot of words to simply say "an elephant never forgets"
7/10/2017 12:12:13 pm
I've seen the selfie death clickbait too Shane
7/10/2017 04:19:40 pm
We have some weird Facebook friends and/or spend too much time on Ranker.
7/12/2017 01:10:18 pm
I love all those clickbait lists, I just wish Chrome offered a plugin that let you get through them without clicking next page over and over.
7/9/2017 06:03:40 pm
Lucy Mirando's intro made me think I was in for some sort of incredibly over the top fun adventure with a CGI super pig... And then 10 years later I'm watching Okja the super super pig problem solve how to save her best friend from certain death beyond the cliff. While I can often appreciate a film having distinct tones in separate phases throughout the movie, it felt slightly off here and kept Okja from being a really phenomenal movie.
7/10/2017 10:25:58 am
My current love in cinema is original stories and Okja fits the bill. An eccentric CEO and an endearing super pig, what more could you want? The CGI was on point and mocking the guy who refuses to eat was great. The corporate police state at the end of the movie was all too real.
7/10/2017 04:53:51 pm
I hate to be that guy, but you've often got to go movie-hunting outside the US for original stories. South Korean directors especially have a reputation for insanity and invention. Anything by Park Chan-wook is a recommend.
7/10/2017 08:32:01 pm
Did anybody watch after the credits? I had no intention to, but was to lazy to reach for the PS4 controller and just let it play through.... then Paul Dano was back on my screen for another scene with K
I didn't expect there to be an after-credits scene, but reading the Wikipedia page prompted me to go back and rewatch. Shrug. It only works as foreshadowing for a sequel, and it's inconceivable for Bong to return to this. Keep the crazy ideas coming, don't add more to one that already exists.
7/13/2017 06:32:46 pm
Depends how crazy he wanted to get... Superpig rebellion, I'm here for that!
7/11/2017 12:05:42 am
“Okja” is a postmodern re-creation of a century-plus old narrative tradition—food industry muckraking. Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” was the chief progenitor in 1906. The most recent cinematic descendants have mostly been documentaries—“Super Size Me” and “Food Inc” come to mind. Richard Linklater’s “Fast Food Nation” was a notable fictional narrative entry, though it’s most impactful scenes were real-life footage from a slaughterhouse (and I’ll forever have the image of a cow having all its skin ripped off seared in my mind, so thanks for that).
7/12/2017 01:11:58 pm
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Gulf Shores as an Alabama destination for Spring Break. I've never been but some people go there.
7/12/2017 01:26:27 pm
I believe I mentioned this as a place I visited as a kid when we started trashing all things Alabama.
8/9/2017 09:09:24 am
Eh, it was all right but meh.
8/30/2017 12:21:33 pm
I watched the first half of Okja on my flight out to Dallas and the second half on the way back. I agree with a lot of the comments already posted. Foreign films are where to turn for more original content, Jake Gyllenhaal was miscast, Paul Dano was good, as always; it was also nice seeing other familiar faces: Tilda Swinton as the villain (We Need to Talk About Kevin) and Steven Yeun (the Walking Dead), Devon Bostick (the 100), and Lily Collins (daughter of Phil Collins) as members of ALF.
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