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Saltburn: To watch or not to watch

 Saltburn cast

Cast: Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, Alison Oliver, Archie Madekwe

Directed by: Emerald Fennell

Genre: Psychological thriller

Rating: 8/10

A student at Oxford University finds himself drawn into the world of a charming and aristocratic classmate, who invites him to his eccentric family’s sprawling estate for a summer never to be forgotten.

Thumbs up

Imagine coming from a humble background, and being dropped into a world of luxury and abundance, where aristocrats live their lives detached from reality.

The premise itself is captivating. Keoghan gives a fearless performance, Jacob Elordi is enchanting, and Rosamund Pike and Richard E. Grant get some of the best laughs.

The cinematographer Linus Sandgren crafted a gorgeous film of vivid saturation and striking imagery.

That, and the production design are perhaps the film’s strongest points. The grandeur of Saltburn, the sprawling estate, is captured beautifully, and the film does a commendable job of creating a lived-in feeling that feels glamorous and filthy at the same time.

Thumbs down

Despite having talented actors portraying them, the characters lack depth. Oliver, played by Keoghan, is a hateful, lustful, and envious character, but his portrayal is flat and uncomplicated.

Felix, played by Elordi, is a character who comes from a life of blatant privilege, but his flimsy compassion does not seem real. The film’s pacing is also erratic. Certain scenes seem rushed, while others drag on needlessly.

The movie also occasionally goes a bit too far in terms of taste and may have you cringing.


If you want shock and disgust, this film is for you.

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