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Bong Joon Ho (The Host, Snowpiercer) could never be called subtle when it comes to his themes, and his Netflix original film, Okja, about the love between a little Korean farm girl and the eponymous giant superpig, is no different. It could be about any kind of livestock and consumer meat. But tonally, while he steadily gets us to a heavy-handed climax, the action, visuals, strange comic performances from the like of Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano and Jake Gyllenhall, keeps the audience in a state of amused delight until it's almost too late. And perhaps that unpredictability is what prevents it from turning into cheese. Okja is an adorable creature creation - like something out of Miyazaki, brought to life - and extremely well realized in terms of interaction with the real world. And as is often true with the best Korean directors, even shots of New York have a freshness. It's a beautifully designed film with an usual story that will probably tug at many a heart string. It didn't quite get to me personally, but there were salt-encrusted eyes in the room when the lights came up.
After the end credits, all the carnists repeat the mantra "But I just like the taste!"
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