Film review: Salturn starring Rosamund Pike and Richard E. Grant
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- Published on Wednesday, 15 November 2023 08:05
- Last Updated on 15 November 2023
- Monica Costa
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Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn has entered the cinematic scene with its mix of comedy, drama, and mystery, drawing attention for its peculiar narrative set in the upper echelons of English society. Barry Keoghan portrays Oliver Quick, a struggling Oxford student, entangled in the aristocratic world of Felix Catton (Jacob Elordi) during an unforgettable summer at the eccentric Saltburn estate. This review, free from hyperbole, delves into the film’s substance, the depiction of privilege, and its overall impact.
Keoghan’s portrayal of Oliver lacks the vivid neediness characteristic of Tom Ripley, though he exhibits an unsettling Ripley-esque obsession with Felix’s bathwater. The film explores the realm of the English nobility without the depth of Catholicism or wartime regret present in comparable works like Brideshead Revisited.
Saltburn is stamped with an R rating for graphic nudity, drug use, disturbing violent content, strong sexual content, and language throughout. The explicit scenes involving grave desecration, frontal male nudity, and unusual intimate acts might be unsettling for some viewers, reinforcing the film’s unsuitability for audiences under 18.
The film-makers must be commended for their daring approach, unbound by restrictions or prudish conventions. The explicit content, although divisive, contributes to the film’s unique identity. The juxtaposition of superb photography captures the narcissistic psychopathy against a backdrop of contemporary British aristocracy, evoking a sense of Victorianesque contrast.
Fennell’s direction, complemented by an ensemble cast including Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, and Carey Mulligan, weaves a tale that unfolds in a visually striking manner. The cinematography skilfully accentuates the clash between a narcissistic psychopath and the British aristocracy, providing a fresh perspective.
Despite its quirks, Saltburn emerges as a competent piece of cinema. The film explores the eccentricities of privilege and desire within a unique socio-cultural context. While it may not reach the heights of its literary inspirations, the narrative and characters manage to entertain.
London Mums’ rating
Saltburn earns a London Mums’ rating of 7/10. It presents a peculiar mix of genres, pushing boundaries and challenging conventions. The explicit content, while bold, may not resonate with all audiences. Nevertheless, Fennell’s film stands as a distinctive entry in the world of English mystery dramas.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums