Director: Lee Isaac Chung
Writer: Lee Isaac Chung
Starring: Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan S. Kim, Noel Cho, Yuh-jung Youn, and more.
Listen, I am a broken record here… You get the gist of it. A24 production, Steven Yeun (one of my favorites from when “The Walking Dead” was good), and a possibly heart-breaking movie? Sign me up for destruction. Let us see where this one falls among my A24 ranking!
“A Korean family starts a farm in 1980s Arkansas.”
When it comes to dramas, A24 has my heart. I get so drawn into the story. “Minari” gave me an honest and real perspective of an immigrant story pursuing “the American dream.” A story of dreams, love, family, and struggle.
What I felt was strongest in “Minari” was the performances. All of our core characters are excellent. My favorites among them all were Alan S. Kim and Yuh-jung Youn. With their chemistry with the family as a whole and especially with each other, they carry the entertainment aspect on their backs.
As I said, “Minari” is a drama following the desire of achieving the American dream and the struggle that comes with it. With that said, the pacing can be seen as slow, and in some cases I felt that slow pace. This did not exactly harm my overall reaction to the film, but it did affect the rating.
A24 kills it with the dramas time and time again, but they do tend to feel the same when it comes to the realistic stories. Regardless, they have a formula, and it works. “Minari” is another film that makes its audience feel something. Sprinkle in some superb performances and “Minari” is set to be another favorite for many viewers, myself included.
Editor: Erica McNatt
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