Saltburn - Review (London Film Festival 2023)
He'll Get Bored of You. 4 / 5
Directed by Emerald Fennell.
Struggling to find his place at Oxford University, Oliver finds himself drawn into the world of the charming Felix, who invites him to Saltburn, his eccentric family’s sprawling estate.
A dark twisted fantasy, Saltburn sets its sights to shock and appal in this sleek, sophisticated and stylish drama.
As Barry Keoghan's Oliver joins Oxford University as a timid introvert, he decides to overhaul every element of existence, slowly revealing his true self after he meets the outgoing Felix played by the charming Jacob Elordi. Things spiral out of control as Oliver is invited to the titular Saltburn, Felix's sizeable family estate, for a summer of transformation.
Emerald Fennell has created a decadent drama as her sophomore project that is a joy to watch with a crowd, hearing every laugh and gasp as it unveils its devilish undertones. There are some genuinely insane needle drops with a soundtracked soaked in early 2000s nostalgia with one in particular that is sure to be the talk of the town for more reasons than one.
Saltburn does begin to lose itself in its mission to surprise audiences and pull off a third act that could challenge Promising Young Woman with muddied character motivations and moments that add little to the runtime outside of shock value.
It will be interesting to see how general audiences stomach Saltburn - with divisive moments and a great cast including a powerhouse lead performance by Keoghan.