It's one of those films that people who know about movies despise and the people who don't - those who are maybe less 'trained', less 'discerning' - seem to adore. I would plant myself firmly in the latter camp.
The film is the second feature from British filmmaker, writer and actress Emerald Fennell (recognisable to many for her turn as Camilla Parker Bowles in The Crown). Fennell's writing and directorial debut came via Promising Young Woman, the 2020 film that first proved her ability to slice audiences straight down the middle - and create a huge amount of buzz in the process.
Promising Young Woman was a rape-revenge satire that was, in equal measure, praised for a seriously dark and mesmerising storyline and openly mocked for having a confusing and totally unsatisfying ending. The film was ultimately nominated for five Oscars and Fennell took home the award for Best Original Screenplay.
Which brings us to her latest work, Saltburn. With Fennell again writing and directing, and talent like rising star Barry Keoghan and Gen Z heartthrob (he's also six foot five - have you heard?) Jacob Elordi attached to the project, it drew a lot of attention very quickly.
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The simplest explanation of the movie (although it is neither simple nor particularly explicable as a viewing experience) is that it is about a middle-class university student who stumbles into the world of his wildly wealthy friend and it is, at its core, a class commentary in the vein of say, Parasite or Squid Game.