“Okjaaaa — ”
After watching this movie, the sound of Mija’s constant call for her animal friend will be engraved in you for a while. Okja is available on Netflix. It is a beautifully directed sci-fi/ fairy tale fantasy movie that touches upon several controversial issues today regarding genetically engineered foods and me bat consumption.
The movie plot revolves around a girl, Mija, who is the caretaker and companion of Okja, a massive super-pig animal, in the mountains of South Korea. Okja is part of the superpig project by the multinational Mirando Corporation and he’s soon taken by the company to New York for CEO Miranda’s “big plans.” Mija then sets out on her journey to rescue Okja.
The movie contains many satirical remarks about the ignorance of the consumer world today and the ridiculous attempts of corporation celebrity media at altering their product story in order to appeal to the mass market. There are also encounters with animal rights activists, who really, are just another extreme version of “the corporation” but on the opposite side of the spectrum.
Essentially, both sides are using Mija and Okja to fulfill their own plans.
Definitely, there are many stereotypes in this movie, but it seems that these characters are purposely portrayed and exaggerated in order to emphasize the moral of the story. Sadly, however, many of these portrayals are not merely stereotypes as they really do exist in the world today.
I really enjoyed the eccentric characters, dark satire, and strong morals presented in the movie. The movie is directed by South Korean film director Bong Joon-Ho. I have to admit, before watching this movie I did not know too much about him in the film industry. Now, however, I am also looking forward to watching some of his past films including “Snowpiercer” and “The Host.”
Overall I would rate this movie 8.5/10.
If you watched this movie, comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts! Also check out my other movie recommendations if you’d like.