Okja is a tale of friendship and at the same time a scathing satire of the food industry, sometimes more one than the other but never too much nor too little of either. The film opens with a prologue, a press conference that introduces the newest eco-friendly super pigs and a global competition amongst famers seeing who can raise that fattest one. Note the irony of an environment-friendly company that sells pig meat; satire. Then we shift to the tale of friendship in the beautiful mountains of South Korea, where the film shows us a relationship ten years thick between the hardheaded and admirably determined Mija and our title character/super pig, Okja.
As beautiful and poetic their love for each other is, it's all purposeful and in full effect once the film moves to the city once they seperate. All the pain Okja suffers and heartache felt by Mija translates because the film took its time to introduce us, and when the film goes into grim realities of animal cruelty in its second act, it hurts all the more. The film is even honest in its slight comedic criticism of the idealistic super-Peta gang. The fact the film finds comedy while delivering such dark material is an impressive balancing act, centered and focused on Okja and Mija's relationship. In the final act, when the film reveals the factory of thousands of super pigs being sent to slaughter, the weight of the satire is all that more thought provoking because of their bond.