On the surface, okja could be read as a screed against gmos or (more accurately) against the meat industry and its cruel treatment of animals but that’s only one layer but that’s only one layer. Director bong joon-ho’s “okja,” netflix’s newest original film, is an irresistibly bonkers mix of lovable creature feature a la “et the extra-terrestrial,” a broadly wacky action-comedy featuring big hammy performances, and a blistering social satire that takes on genetically-modified organisms, factory farming and the murderousness of capitalism in general.
Korean filmmaker bong joon-ho's 'okja' is a globalised caper comedy with a conscience buried somewhere among all its silliness in the film's sights are gm food production and the poor treatment of animals, and at its heart is a cute, often winning relationship between an oversized pig and a korean girl called mija (an seo hyun. ‘okja’ a heartfelt and colorful satire is okja an ordinary film bong joon-ho’s latest feature follows the titular, genetically modified pig and her human caretaker mija (seo hyun ahn.
At this point, okja is more than just a movie to the critics and audience members who booed it at the cannes film festival, furious that netflix wasn't giving it a widespread theatrical release, it's a sign that original filmmaking may be doomed at the multiplexes and will soon migrate permanently to streaming services. Bong's film is even tougher going, mainly because it steers clear of the all's well that ends well finale we expect and yet, in the end it is somehow warmer, or at least less brutalizing maybe it's because bong is a showman who packs every frame with three jokes and grace notes where most directors would only offer one, if that. Theres no dialogue here as the time-traveler weighs in with an exposition-heavy, voice-over a comprehensive review of okja a film by joon jo bong monologue throughout the film.
The site's critical consensus reads, okja sees bong joon-ho continuing to create defiantly eclectic entertainment – and still hitting more than enough of his narrative targets in the midst of a tricky tonal juggling act on metacritic, the film has a score of 76 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating generally favorable reviews. The film, written by mr bong and jon ronson and starring tilda swinton, jake gyllenhaal and paul dano, tells of the tweenage mija, an orphan who lives with her grandfather and her best friend, okja, a six-ton genetically engineered pig, on a verdant mountaintop in south korea.
Directed by joon-ho bong with tilda swinton, paul dano, seohyun an, jake gyllenhaal a young girl risks everything to prevent a powerful, multinational company from kidnapping her best friend - a fascinating beast named okja.
The adult human world regards animals through a callous, utilitarian lens, as sources of food, labor or ornamental cuteness, a fact that “okja,” bong joon-ho’s wonderful new film, takes to a dystopian but also an unnervingly realistic extreme.