Minari is a powerful film that will capture your attention and remind you of the immense importance of family above all else. The film is nostalgic and heartwarming and will leave you crying and wanting to envelop your family into a huge hug and never let go.
The film followed the life of the Yi’s, a Korean family that has recently moved from California to Arkansas to gain a better life and to start their own farm. The film features Steven Yeun who plays Jacob, the ambitious father of the Yi family, who wants more than anything for the family farm to be successful, and Yeri Han has Monica, the sensitive and loving mother anxiously trying to keep the family afloat. Then you get to meet the two children of the Yi family, David the rambunctious and sensitive younger brother played by Alan S. Kim, and Anne are the responsible and strict older sister played by Noel Cho. Then finally, the watcher meets Monica’s grandma Soonja, played by Yuh-Jung Youn. Yuh-Jung Youn recently won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.
Minari is by far one of the best films I have watched in a very long time. To start, the film is visually stunning. Every scene is equally beautiful, making you stare in admiration for a couple of seconds before remembering to glance down at the captions.
The story of the film is equally groundbreaking. It is truly the definition of a father doing everything to attempt to bring his family glory and wealth, and forgetting his family along the way. Minari serves as a powerful reminder to pay attention to your family and to be grateful for the things in front of you.
Minari will make you feel every emotion you could possibly dream up. I cried tears of sadness, I cried tears of joy, I got angry, I got frustrated, I was disappointed, I smiled, I yelled at the screen, and more. This film is extremely powerful and not to be underestimated.
To anybody who skips films because they don't like captions DO NOT SKIP THIS ONE. The captions quite literally add to the enjoyment of the film, allowing you to watch and read all at once. I honestly had points where I forgot there even captions because I was so entranced in the film to notice.
Overall, Minari is a film that I would watch multiple times over. The film is heartwarming, heartbreaking, genuine, and nostalgic all at once. I wish I could capture the way this film made me feel all into a little jar of all the feels. I recommend absolutely anyone to watch this film, and I can almost guarantee you won't regret it, but you may need to bring some tissues.