Director: Emerald Fennell
Starring: Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, Alison Oliver, Archie Madekwe
Rated: R (For strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout, some disturbing violent content, and drug use)
When "Saltburn" begins we are looking into the eyes of a man who seems to be talking directly at us. "Did I love him?" he asks. Who is the "him" he is referring to? It turns out the man is a classmate named Felix (Jacob Elordi), a student from a wealthy family, is popular with the ladies, and seems to do good in school even though it doesn't appear that he spends much time in class or doing much homework. The boy we are listening to is named Oliver (Barry Keoghan). We don't know much about Oliver at this point. We sense that he is lonely, maybe a bit of an introvert, and (most importantly) that he desperately wants a friend.
He is a person that under normal circumstances we would take a liking to instantly and be rooting for to succeed. I knew this in my head, but I didn't feel it in my heart. There was something about Oliver that I didn't trust right off the bat. For this, I must give a lot of credit to Barry Keoghan, who presents Oliver as a lonely boy who just needs a friend or two, while simultaneously giving off the impression that something is going on in his mind that may be mentally unstable (maybe even sinister).As the movie goes on and more layers of Oliver are peeled away, I knew that I was not only in the presence of one of the most unique characters I've seen in cinema in a long time but that he was being brought to life by one of the most gifted filmmakers of our generation: Emerald Fennell.
- What happens if you are born into money?
- What part does social status determine what friends we have?
- Where does fluid sexuality belong in a family (and building) of tradition?
- Can we truly trust our own thoughts and ambitions?