Review Of The Directorial Debut That Has Set The Internet On Fire
Oliver Quick struggles to find his place at Oxford. He develops a fascination for the charming and aristocratic Felix Catton, who brings him into his world by inviting him to spend the summer at Saltburn, the family estate. Oliver’s dream summer soon turns into a nightmare.
Emerald Fennels’ directorial debut has set the internet on fire. Since its release, everyone has been analyzing what the film wanted to convey. TikTok is filled with videos of people either loving or hating Oliver — no in between —, interpreting symbolism and sharing thoughts on the most disturbing scenes. The criticism isn’t hunanimous, but everyone can agree on one thing: the movie is shocking.
Upon watching Saltburn, it is evident why it is such a subject of discussion online. The movie is quite eclectic. The 4/3 ratio, the grainy images, and the vivid colors give it a vintage feel while appealing to trends with the music straight out of the 2000s and actors as beloved as Jacob Elordi.
It is the film’s substance that is quite flawed. Some scenes are disgusting and hard to watch. The satire about aristocracy is quite surface-level while being the core of the story. Overall, Saltburn‘s particular visuals and overall ambiance save it from being simply grotesque.
CREDITS: Text by Malena Cortizo A.