“Okja”: entertaining Film and very peculiar – El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic)

EL NUEVO DIARIO,, SANTO DOMINGO.- Recently, we have used the traditional method to corsair to look at “Okja”, the new movie from the director is south Korean Bong Joon-Ho (“Memories of Murder”, “Snowpiercer”) that caused controversy at the Cannes Film Festival, nothing more and nothing less than to be distributed by Netflix, a giant in the service of ‘streaming’ that is a threat to the distribution model of the industry.

Although that does not concern us, what is true is that we enjoyed by the peculiar history of the girl and the “super pig” who try to escape from corporations predatory animals. That journey of the small and the super sow entertaining, but also thought-provoking with a satire and social criticism the policies of the corporate world, mainly to the powerful agrichemical who commit mischief with the defenseless animals to produce genetically modified food.

The film traverses the terrain of the adventure of sharing the times of rest between the humor and the action. Also, uses a few characters who can be as quirky as heterogeneous. And it all goes quickly, for the lord Bong maintains a consistent pace, narrating the adventures of the protagonist in the moments in which he undertakes a long journey to find Okja.

The story unfolds in a span of 10 years, in which the small-Mija (Ahn Seo-hyun) has raised next to his grandfather, a strange animal to which he has given the name of Okja. The beast looks weird, because it seems as if it has been engendered by a dog and a hippo they were boring.

In spite of everything, Okja has been fond of Mija, who accompanied it as if it were his inseparable sister in a farm lost in the mountains of a remote region of South Korea. But everything is complicated when, Lucy Watching (Tilda Swinton), the self-centered and narcissistic head of the corporation Looking, the multinational corporation responsible for manufacturing animal similar, orders the capture of Okja, so that Mija is embarking on a pursuit in search of his pet.

As the protagonist, Ahn Seo-hyun, colored with force its interpretation as Mija. She is vulnerable, innocent, naive; but even so, nothing stops to rescue Okja. Passes running, trotting, and jumping into situations that seem exaggerated, but, really, give dynamism to the reality in which events unfold. In each plane, their emotions feel genuine.

With distribution side we find actions are very interesting because of the ease with which Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano and Jake Gyllenhaal construct the characteristics of the character interpreted. Swinton, in a role a double, playing the twins Lucy and Nancy, you can be frivolous and heartless without us noticing. Gyllenhaal looks good playing Johnny Wilcox, the eccentric zoologist who seems straight out of a mental institution. And Paul Dano convinces as Jay, the leader of a terrorist group for the protection of animals.

The universe presented by the script, from Bong is a fable that becomes caricatured in so many scenes. Your drawings speak of the close relationship of man and nature. And gives the impression that the fellowship of Mija and Okja is developed as if it were a kind of tribute to the films of Steven Spielberg.

Collaborate with Netflix has allowed Bong to make the movie they wanted to, and we do not complain of the result. The film falls in love with a lovable creature, produced with stunning visual effects (Okja is looks almost real), and with the-wall characters that we have brought laughter and musings deep on a food industry that is controlled by vampires psychopaths. It is a film entertaining in which to spend a pleasant time.

Technical data sheet
Year: 2017
Duration: 2 hr 01 min
Country: South Korea
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Screenplay: Bong Joon-ho
Music: Jaeil Jung
Photography: Darius Khondji
Cast: Ahn Seo Hyun, Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano

Rating: 7/10

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