Top positive review
Minari is slow-paced, simple, keenly observational, believable and heartfelt. A gem.
Reviewed in Canada on March 15, 2021
We watched Minari on Saturday night, and though it gave us pause to have to pay to stream it, given that I am an Amazon Prime subscriber, what a gem!
Slow-paced, simple, keenly observational, believable and heartfelt.
That this film and Nomadland are 2 films gaining such notice this year...this year....
seems compelling evidence that this is what we need, more than the escapism, bluster and flash of yet another ubiquitous superhero.
Minari and Nomadland convey stories of authentic wonder, resilience and hope, and this subsequent potency makes all the overblown and hyper-bolated worlds look like so much excessive drivel.
Another silver lining about Minari is when I decided to read up about Minari’s writer/ director, Lee Isaac Chung on Wikipedia: He had enjoyed some earlier professional successes but had also been confronted by the peaks and valleys of the film industry...
‘Chung wrote the film in the summer of 2018, by which time he was considering retiring from film-making and accepted a teaching job at the University of Utah's Asia Campus in Incheon. Recalling this period, he said "I figured I might have just one shot at making another film ... I needed to make it very personal and throw in everything I was feeling."’