Updated: Jul 31, 2019
"All food production is exploitative." - Silver, Okja
I was stressed this whole movie trying to figure if Okja was going to make it to the end.
Okja is a genetically modified super-pig raised by a young girl. When the company that created Okja wants to reclaim it for its competition, Mija(Seo-hyun Ahn) fights to get her best friend back.
I’m going to keep it real and let y’all know right now, I would probably tear some Okja super pig jerky up.
Both the combination of the storyline and character development, made this a very jarring movie at times, that almost made it very impactful. Honestly, at times it felt as if I was watching an episode of Black Mirror, where you quickly establish a connection with a character and you know at any moment something can and will go wrong. To which it kinda did.
This movie definitely had the potential to achieve its possible goal of getting people to consider not eating meat or at the very least considering the source and treatment of the animals that they do choose to eat. Did it change ME--Nah.
Was this a solid film? Yeah. Was it anything special or anything worth special praise? I think not. As you can tell, I really don’t have much to say about it. The acting was great(hats off to double casted Tilda Swinton), the cinematography was beautiful, the score wasn’t anything memorable, the message was sweet, but that said--it wasn’t impactful.
As much as I love the ending, I think a not so happy ending would have been better. Maybe it would have been too much. However, if Okja had killed and ate Okja, the impact would have been stronger, because, in reality, the slaughter is what would happen. It was a fantastical and almost dreamlike movie throughout, and I think the reality check would have been nice. Or maybe too jarring. But, I feel like there are other scenes currently in the film that are or would’ve been more uncomfortable watching than seeing Okja get turned into jerky.
TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK? Slaughter or Save?
And, my most common gripe with movies nowadays, it was just too long.
FLOOR OR DOOR?
Should it have been left on the cutting room floor or should you be running out the door to see it?
Like I said, it's a solid film, but there is definitely no rush to see. I mean it’s on Netflix so it’ll be there for a while, I'm sure.