Okja Movie Review

Last weekend, I finally sat down to watch Okja, Netflix’ first self-produced Blockbuster style film. Okja is a visually stunning, action packed summer movie, and it doesn’t disappoint.

The films’ two main characters, the young girl, Mija, and her “super pig” companion, Okja, are lovely to watch. The strong bond between them is beautifully illustrated for audiences, and we all root for Mija and Okja to be reunited when they are cruelly separated by the evil executives at Mirando Corp (and their henchmen).

Overall, the film is very well done, although I have to admit the Mirando Corp. executives were a little over the top. Jake Gyllenhaal’s character “Joe Wilcox” – a wild animal specialist employed by Mirando Corp – was particularly repellent. His annoying voice and ridiculous behaviour made me feel that his character had somehow been lost in translation. It was just bizarre. However, his cringy performance was thankfully overshadowed by the comic presence of..The ALF (Animal Liberation Front).

The Animal Liberation Front saves the day?

The ALF have pretty much fallen off of everyone’s radar, but apparently director Bong Joon Ho is still familiar with them, and has resurrected the organization – to much comic effect – for his film. The group of activists comes across as well-meaning and sincere – to the point of unintentional hilarity.

Final thoughts

In his review of the film for Huffington Post, Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the United States wrote that “there’s a bit of Okja in every animal we know, including those we eat.” I hope that this film will both entertain audiences, and make them curious about all the animals in their lives.

The podcast review of Okja that I mention in the video is by Geek Mentality, and it can be found on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/okja-fnemoviemonth-29-of-30/id665179199?i=1000389385814&mt=2

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