Okja

Okja

 

Okja

2017.  Directed by Joon-ho Bong. 

By Livia Peterson 

The streaming service Netflix is altering the game and hence, caused controversy at the Cannes Film Festival with their entries of  “Okja” and “The Meyerotiz Stories” into the competition.
 
Joon-ho Bong’s “Okja”, a Netflix Original Film, chronicles the story of Mija (the marvelous and charming Seo-Hyun Ahn) who strives to rescue the massive animal Okja (voiced by Jungeun Lee) in South Korea and the United States. The multi-national company – Mirando Corporation, led by the CEO Lucy Mirando (the utterly brilliant Tilda Swinton) intends to utilize Okja to feed the masses.
 
The meat we consume originates in the animals. Damn devastating. You may not be a vegetarian, and yet, you may wish to become one for two hours. Nonetheless, I am still devouring meat. “Okja” taps into the zeitgeist in terms of corporate greed – the various companies lie to sell the products and if a controversy arises, the company does anything to market the product once again. Besides product consumption, the theme of everlasting friendship is touched upon here as Mija travels the globe to save Okja from horrific abuse.
 


“Okja” is occasionally extremely brutal to witness, allowing you to sympathize with Mija and Okja. You may root for the companionship to be the victor. Despite a few predictable moments, “Okja” strikes a chord when you least expect it. The moral dilemma gets under your skin, allowing you to ponder your meat consumption.
 
Okja will instantly become your best friend if you allow it and the movie is one of my favorite films to be released thus far in 2017. 

B+

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