Released earlier this year, Minari, is the story of a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
Starring Steven Yeun, who is best known for his portrayal of Glenn Rhee on AMC’s The Walking Dead, is currently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his role in Minari. Yeun is now the the first Asian-American and first person of East Asian descent to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Minari is also nominated for 5 other Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing (Lee Isaac Chung), Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Yuh-Jung Youn), Best Original Screenplay and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Emile Mosseri).
Personally, I don’t watch a lot of foreign films, but I had been looking forward to watching Minari for a while because I am a fan of Steven Yeun. I really enjoyed this movie for multiple reasons. The warm atmosphere and comfort this movie brings through the lighting and tones is really apparent and well done. I almost instantly felt attached to the characters, I wanted to see them succeed and obtain their individual goals throughout the story. The directing and cinematography is very well done, I was very impressed.
The family at the center of the story is going through a dramatic life-change at the very beginning of the story, so the audience jumps into their new life right with them. The only thing I didn’t enjoy about this movie was the lack of understanding the audience has about their life up until their move to the farm. The family’s previous life is unknown for most of the movie, which for me was a little distracting.
Minari is a wonderful story of family and patience. These characters grow and learn that nothing in life comes easy, but those that work towards their dream can be successful. This story shines a lot of light on how important family is and how much love can create a home better than anything else.
I really enjoyed Minari and highly recommend this movie to anyone who doesn’t mind reading subtitles!