Film: Okja (2017)

Director: Joon-ho Bong

Synopsis: “Meet Mija, a young girl who risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja.”

If Netflix hadn’t changed the rating system to thumbs up/down, I would’ve easily given this five whole stars.

There’s quite a bit of violence and disturbing content involving animal abuse, but I feel like it’s necessary for people to see this sort of thing. Even if the Super Pigs are fictional animals, what happens to them is not fat-fetched. Animal cruelty is very real.

The actors were incredible (Jake Gyllenhaal went bonkers, See-Hyun Ahn and Tilda Swinton were really, really great, and I’d like to see more of Paul Dano), and I really liked that they let them speak in Korean instead of having everyone speak English but with accents to make them sound “foreign .”

The scenery and imagery were honestly jaw-dropping, and I gotta give props to their visual effects department, because Okja and all the other Super Pigs were seamless. I just really enjoyed this director’s style and vision for the movie, it’s got a very unique tone to it. Plus, the humor was on point!

Sorta wish I’d caught this at the cinema, so if you get the chance, go for it!