Good morning gentlemen. Yesterday I stated that my partner wanted to go watch this and I would accompany him, and I did. I did not have time to sign on and give my own personal opinions, but i will now.
Personally, I enjoyed the film very much, up to the final 30 minutes or so, that is. The film is beautiful to look at, with beautiful cinematography, a beautiful setting and wonderful acting from its cast. I also enjoyed the script for the most part. My issue was the twist in what Oliver’s motive was in the end. When the film feels like a fatal attraction plot with young rich British people and has a sorta gay twist, it is amazing. After Felix is dead the film rushes and goes from bright, charming and engaging to dull and sloppy and rushed. I did not enjoy the final 20-30 minutes of this film, but liked everything prior to it very very much.
If Emerald kept the film as a young and very rich version Talented Mr. Ripley meets Cruel Intentions meets The Servant, it would be received much better than making Saltburn be the ultimate motive in the end.
However, even if you don’t enjoy the final moments of the film, it’s still worth a watch because it is still an entertaining film with some amazing things going for it.
The lead was terrific but I do agree he played up the villain arc pretty early on, so when Felix is found dead you aren’t thinking “who did this?” but instead you’re just waiting for everyone in the film to realize it’s him.
Rosamund Pike was a delight! She had me in stitches. I had no idea she had such sharp comedic timing! I laughed so much at her line about being a lesbian for a little while in her youth but everything was too wet for her, men are lovely and dry.
Jacob Elordi is a sight to be seen. I’ve only ever seen him in Priscilla prior to this but will keep an eye out for him. What a lovely young man. Very handsome, very talented, and he is the heart of the film. Once Felix is gone, the film suffers. I do know he is in Euphoria but have not watched it because it’s really not a show I think I would like, but maybe will give it a shot. Your eyes gravitate toward him in any scene he is in. He steals the leads shine without even trying, in my opinion, but none of them rival Ms. Pike.
I recommend giving it a watch. It appears to be a very divisive film, so it’s best to watch and make your own opinion on it. I’ve seen some people claim to dislike it greatly while other absolutely love it, and then there are those like myself who liked it mostly but not everything about it.