Barry Keoghan cements his status as a fearless and endlessly watchable actor in the new psychological black comedy Saltburn. He plays the isolated Oxford University student Oliver Quick who appears to find his 'people' when he's invited to the aristocratic stately pile known as Saltburn.
It isn't long before Oliver ingratiates himself into the life of his so-called new best friend, the aristocratic Felix (Jacob Elordi), and his family. But where does Oliver truly belong? And does he have some diabolical machinations up his sleeve? Anything goes in this devious and enjoyably lurid mixture of Evelyn Waugh and Patricia Highsmith, which comes from Promising Young Woman filmmaker Emerald Fennell.
Clad in stylish hues courtesy of cinematographer Linus Sandgren with a top mixture of mid-2000s needle drops and a starry supporting cast (Rosamund Pike and Richard E. Grant are just two of the big names), Saltburn has more than enough to arrest the attention. So, what did Unlimited members make of the movie when we threw open the doors and invited them to a special advance screening? Here's a selection of the responses.
Really enjoyed it, great cast and performances that added to the intrigue of the story. The cinematography looked perfectly framed in the 4:3 aspect ratio. #Saltburn is certainly a film that I'll gladly watch again.— Blazing Minds (@BlazingMinds) November 8, 2023
Absolutely LOVED it. Deliciously dark, perfect casting in Rosamund Pike and Barry Keoghan. Really wasn’t sure from the trailer, but blown away by the film. Love, love, loved it 😍. Cheers for the advance preview! ❤️🖤— Katie Samuel (@KatieSamuel) November 8, 2023
Probably my second favourite film of the year after Past Lives. Dark, twisted and totally compelling, like watching Brideshead Revisited’s evil twin. The cast was superb and even when I realised where the film was going I still couldn’t quite believe it!!!! Astonishingly good— The Fourth Dimension (@Mike_J_Lord) November 8, 2023
It was dark, full of very unlikable characters, goes in many different (sometimes unexpected) directions, and I absolutely LOVED every minute of it! Had high expectations and they were exceeded! Easily one of my favourite films of the year, and definitely best I've seen recently.— July_Child (@July_Child) November 8, 2023
weird and wonderful! absolute shocking in the most ridiculous and brilliant ways… barry keoghan is incredible and emerald fennell shines as a director. it honestly exceeded all of my expectations and i’m so happy it did!— teresa (taylor’s version) (@spideychalamet) November 8, 2023
I was absolutely transfixed throughout. What an unexpectedly wild ride that was - it looked stunning and there were great performances all around, especially wonderful to see Richard E Grant! Perfect soundtrack too. I can understand why it's not for everybody but I had a blast.— Jen (@Jenn_fer_A) November 8, 2023
Annoyed that you missed out on the party? You don't have too long to wait: Saltburn is released at Cineworld on November 17th.
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