Review: Minari

MINARI (2020)

Stellar performances by the entire cast accentuate the poignancy and beauty at the core of Minari.

In 1980s Arkansas, a Korean family attempts to assimilate and thrive as life continues to throw curveballs. Much of the film hinges on Yeun’s character’s attempts at farming to support his family, coupled with the rising tensions between husband and wife. A deeply personal and authentic representation of the challenges faced by immigrant families, you will find yourself rooting for their success. While Steven Yeun and Yeri Han are terrific as the lead couple, it’s Yuh-Jung Youn’s take on the grandmother and Alan S. Kim’s young David that are pure delights to watch. To see Kim, as well as Noel Cho who plays his sister, act with such gusto at their young ages is truly a marvelous thing to see.

Though it slows in a few places, Minari is a film that oozes with charm and warmth, even in the more contentious scenes. This is a family built on a bedrock of love and you never once question that. On a higher level, Minari serves as a truly all-American story told through the eyes of those who arrive in search of a better life.

Minari hits limited theaters, as well as the A24 virtual screening room, tomorrow.

Rating: 4/5

Photo from Roger Ebert

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