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   Saltburn
review by Bobby Blakey

In 2020 writer and director Emerald Fennell made her feature directorial debut with Promising Young Woman which she won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and numerous other nominations. Now she is both writing and directing once again with her latest film Saltburn starring Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, Archie Madekwe, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, Alison Oliver and her Promising Young Woman star Carey Mulligan. Will this film be another great addition to her promising filmography, or will it fail to fit in?

 

Saltburn follows student Oliver Quick, struggling to find his place at Oxford University, 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.

 

Knowing nothing about this film is probably the best way to head into it. The story seems simple enough at first following Quick played to perfection by Keoghan, as he tries to find his place in this school. It seems clear throughout the narration to the direction of the film, but things take a turn for the strange, awkward and often uncomfortable once they arrive at Saltburn.

 

At this point in the film heads down some strange paths. There are moments that are kind of disturbing and will no doubt turn some off quick, but not in a horror film type of thing. This is a strange tale of clearly more people than not slowly losing their minds and heading down unexpected paths. This is a slow-paced story that offers up great performances but might struggle to keep some fully invested.

 

It does head in an interesting direction all around complete with a not so surprising twist that elevated the movie to something bigger than it might have

prior. I kind of figured out some elements to where it was headed, but it was just different enough to still be interesting and some won’t even see it coming. There are strange character decisions throughout that will leave you scratching your head, but that is part of what makes it so engaging. Have no fear, it all makes sense in the end.

 

This is one of those films that will not work for everyone, but when it does it is outstanding. It does get lost in the pacing at times, but the interesting direction, some brilliant performances and a beautiful landscape of visuals makes this one worth giving a chance.

 

Decide for yourself and check out Saltburn in theaters now.

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