SALTBURN – “The decadent debauchery leads to shock and awe”

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RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman – 2020)

MAIN CAST

• Barry Keoghan as Oliver Quick
• Jacob Elordi as Felix Catton
• Rosamund Pike as Lady Elsbeth Catton
• Richard E. Grant as Sir James Catton
• Alison Oliver as Venetia Catton
• Archie Madekwe as Farleigh Start
• Carey Mulligan as "Poor Dear" Pamela
• Paul Rhys as Duncan
• Ewan Mitchell as Michael Gavey
• Lolly Adefope as Lady Daphne
• Sadie Soverall as Annabel

SYNOPSIS

Struggling to find his place at Oxford University, student Oliver Quick finds himself drawn into the world of the charming and aristocratic Felix Catton, who invites him to Saltburn, his eccentric family's sprawling estate, for a summer never to be forgotten.

REVIEW SUMMARY

In Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn, the decadent debauchery leads to shock and awe. Ok, maybe mostly shock. Yes, this is a movie that has moments that will either disturb you, disgust you, or haunt you. I’m still not over the “bathtub drain scene.” Yes, it’s more devilishly twisted depravity from Fennell, and it’s surely not going to be for everyone. But, one can’t deny that this movie is wholly captivating. It’s a move that constantly claws at your curiosity and makes it so you can’t look away. It also helps that the cast is incredibly committed. I mean, the things Barry Keoghan does is impressive – sometimes sick, but impressive, nonetheless. Everybody plays their part to a T, but Rosamund Pike deserves a special shout out for her deliciously matriarch portrayal. But, as great as everyone is, this really is Keoghan’s film. There’s a real transformation and evolution to the character that is pulled off expertly. There’s also an expert touch when it comes to the movie’s production design. Our director has once more wrapped everything in her candy-coated visuals, chockfull of extravagant beauties (not to mention a few eyesores). Now, can the proceedings feel too manipulated in its eagerness to shock the viewer? Definitely. But with the story being told, the more eyebrows raised, the better!

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