If you’re faint of heart, Okja is not the film for you.
I first heard of Okja while scrolling down the BBC website; there was an article about a new Netflix movie that was sparking controversy and I even clicked on it (there was this cute CGI piggy in the picture!), but then it turned out to be a video not an article, and I gave up. It wasn’t until a few days later when I was feeling sick, and had a horrible fever, and just needed something to cheer me up when Netflix recommended Okja to me and I actually watched it.
All I cared for was this super cute CGI piggy. I assumed it would be one of those feel-good movies, you know, a little girl and her adorable monster against the universe. Some gags, some heart-warming stories, but overall virtually no danger. Something to really lift my spirits and let me get through my illness.
If anything, Okja is a great lesson for me in READING MOVIE DESCRIPTIONS. Why don’t I ever read movie descriptions? I watch so few movies, surely I should pay at least a bit of attention to what I put on, no? Exactly.
But there is another side to this lesson – being that if I did actually know what Okja was about, I would probably never have put it on, too scared of how it can affect me and how upset I will be afterwards; but, at the end of the day, Okja turned out to be a movie I am extremely grateful that I didn’t miss.
SPOILER WARNING: This review does discuss the key thematic concerns of Okja, which can be a spoiler as to the direction this movie takes. The recap includes a short description of the first 10-15 minutes of the movie. [Read more…]