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Why Parasite Deserved to Win Best Picture - And Why It Did Not

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    I made it a personal mission of mine to see as many movies as I could that came out in 2019, after I started feeling like 2019 was an above average year for film. Then I came to think 2019 was maybe the best year for film of the 2010's (outside of 2014 for me personally).

    In total, I saw 33 films that came out in 2019. Not as much as some but way more than most I would guess. Should say there are some notable ones I missed - Us, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Shazam!, Ready or Not, How to Train Your Dragon 3, and many others still on the list to see.

    But saying that, I saw all the ones you are supposed to see to have as full of an opinion on the Oscars as you can. I saw all the Best Picture nominees for example. And for what it's worth, I think there were two notable exceptions that should have made it to the top 9 of the year - The Lighthouse and The Report. But to each their own.

    Brings me to Parasite. It won Best Picture. And also Best Director. Best Original Screenplay and of course Best Foreign Film. I saw this film twice. And on my first viewing I thought it was as close to masterpiece as I had seen in the past 5-10 years. Was ready to call it a top 5 film of the decade even, easily the #1 of the year for me. And that part of me totally feels it deserved to win. The direction and storytelling was brilliant and original and very tightly wound with a great payoff at the end, excellent use of the house and cinematography overall. And I just loved the strangeness of the film, and the social commentary was very interesting to me as well. Hit every mark.

    Then I saw it again.. I will say the first time around was in a theater. Which I think does make a difference, both attention wise and it also helps with subtitle movies with it being so prominently in your face with loud sound, etc. Second viewing was at a friends house and that experience had me wondering why I liked the movie as much as I did. It went from my favorite of the year to questioning if its even a top 10 film. Settled on around 8-10 spot.

    It's just that knowing the plot and watching it play out again just takes out all the fun of the film. And the characters were less charming and the script less smart the second viewing. Also didn't help my friends weren't that impressed, and it was their first watch. So I figured I just overrated it.

    Fast forward to the Oscars. I watched both 1917 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood twice and I feel they held up exceedingly well to a second watch. I will watch both again. And those ended up being my #1 and #2 on the year. Bugs me that a Best Picture winner can be so good the first watch but not really hold up at all to a second viewing.

    So that's why I say it totally deserved to win. But it also did not. Depends on how many times you watch the film. For me anyways. Lastly I will say Parasite ended up in my top 5 of the year. I split the difference between my first and second take on it. It fell behind 1917, Once Upon a Time, The Lighthouse and The Report. But stayed in front of Marriage Story, Joker, The Irishman, Ford v Ferrari and Jojo Rabbit.

    Anyone else watch this movie twice? Did you have the same experience as I did or something different?

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    Unfortunately I haven't seen Parasite all the way through so I can't comment on it in it's entirety, though I can say that what I've seen so far is really good. Everything is really well shot and the story is great so far. It's got a really creepy vibe, yet doesn't. Hard to explain until I see the finished product.

    I have seen Once Upon a Tim in Hollywood though. That was a great film as well. I'm actually surprised Parasite beat it for Best Picture. It had all the makings of the award.

    The film that I think really, really deserved Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director is The Lighthouse. That was one of the most original and well shot movies I've seen in a long time. Everything about that movie screamed award winning, though no one recognized it as such. Makes me kind of sad. If we don't recognize this type of movie with accolades then we end up getting only one or two a decade.

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    CultureWizard Wrote:

    The film that I think really, really deserved Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director is The Lighthouse. That was one of the most original and well shot movies I've seen in a long time. Everything about that movie screamed award winning, though no one recognized it as such. Makes me kind of sad. If we don't recognize this type of movie with accolades then we end up getting only one or two a decade.

    I was disappointed it didn't even get nominated. It was definitely a top 3-5 movie for me for the year. Easily. So unique and interesting and well acted. Agree, the Academy should recognize more movies like that because they are so rare, and will get even more rare when they don't.