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.
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