“Okja”: Occasionally obnoxious, mostly provocative

OKJA
D: Bong Joon-Ho
S: Ahn Seo-Hyun, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal
121 minutes
RATING: Ratings copy 5

South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho’s journey to this year’s Cannes Film Festival was anything but smooth. Just ask any audience member who booed his latest film when the Netflix logo appeared onscreen. Their main beef – or should I say pork (?) – is that it will never be released in French cinemas, or any cinema outside the US, UK, and Korea, for that matter. Instead, it will be largely available online, as part of Netflix’s original line-up.

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Halfway Mark

To your credit, 2017, you’re not turning out to be the same insufferable bastard that was your predecessor – that year-long, real-life “In Memoriam” montage otherwise known as 2016 – thus far. Still, we could use more peace and order in our home turf, especially down South.

Also, less Everwing.

Come on. We are rooting for you.