Okja is a sweet tale that will put you out of sorts at times with its emotional connect and tender approach
Language: Korean Year: 2017
Okja makes you go awe with its adorable lead cast, Mija, and her giant pig called Okja. It is emotional, gripping, and touching, but at times loses the string attached.
Okja takes you through the life of Mija, a little girl who lives in the woods with her grandpa and a giant man-made pig called Okja, of whom she has been taking care of since childhood and are best friends. Never did she knew why Okja was given to her grandpa and finally when the giant pig is taken away by a big corporate company with some inhumane, vile plans set for the helpless animal, Mija sets out to save her best friend from the cold-hearted business magnates.
Will Mija save her best friend Okja from the big business tycoons forms the plot of the film.
The Netflix movie pokes the conscience of human beings and the horrors animals face in the real world by big MNCs for profit from their flesh, skin, etc. The film penetrates deep into the scary world of corporate business companies where animals are made to face the atrocious, diabolical nature of homosapiens.
The film deals with the evil conspiracies of big MNCs who do not care even a bit about nature’s magnificent creatures and are only behind making money from their lives. How they persuade people into believing what they say and how credulously people assume that it is true is shown in this flick.
It is emotional and dramatic mostly and has a beautiful story that will not be forgotten easily.
Story and Script
A solid, stimulating script by Bong Joon Ho and Jon Ronson that gives you collywobbles throughout the film. Though it has enough moments of feelings, if it had constantly maintained the emotional wave, it would have made everyone weep. The story by Bong Joon Ho is powerful and executed in a conspicuous way. But if the script was a bit more intense, it would have left people heavy-hearted.
Directed by Bong Joon Ho, who won Oscar for ‘Parasite’, he has steered this boat well. He shows us the true colours of many such business organisations who blindfold us and persuade into believing their false claims. He has maintained a steady flow of scenes with a neat screenplay but if the emotional part was brushed up a little more, it’d have been an outstanding watch. The appearance of Okja is adorable and easily gets into the heart of everyone.
Ahn Seo-hyun as Mija did a jaw-dropping work. She creates a special bond with Okja that doesn’t let us be in peace after things go wrong with her. Even us as an audience get disquieted at Okja’s abduction. Tilda Swinton and Paul Dano also play two prominent characters and leave their marks with a brilliant performance. With some impressive performances, Okja stuns us with a great cast.
Cinematography by Darius Khondji is good but doesn’t create an emotional knot. Despite great visuals, which are luculent and eye candy, it couldn’t help in building a thick emotional layer that could have acted like icing over the cake. But if we look at it technically, the cameraman did work hard as it has many chase and run scenes which do require a lot of effort. The only problem is it couldn’t create an emotional connect every time.
Music by Jung Jae-il adds to the emotional sequences and is soothing. The BGMs do work at creating a poignant scene effectively. The music department has contributed a lot in making many scenes touching and impassionate.
Okja is a film that will definitely not disappoint you. It has an emotional stand that could have been better but still stirs us. By the end, it leaves you both in grief and happiness. A well-directed story to ruminate on.