Saltburn’s outrageous s*x scenes mean more than you think. Barry Keoghan redefines the meaning of “thirsty” in Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn, a sweaty fever dream carried by some of the wildest expl!cit scenes you’ll see this year.Fennell’s bold movie has benefited from amused, excited word of mouth after the first previews.
The virtual whisper of the words “bathtub” and “grave” on social media has managed to sell the film well before its release, with intrigued cinemagoers ready to flock to the theatre to see what the hype is all about.
This psychological dark dramedy wobbles on the shoulders of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited and Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr Ripley to tell one of the oldest tales in the world.
Ambition, obsession and hunger come together in a highly volatile combination that fuels protagonist Oliver ‘Ollie’ Quick (Keoghan), a scholarship Oxford student who aches for a better future.