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By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

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By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

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The real review of ‘Saltburn’

It’s a murder on the dance floor, but you better not kill the groove hey-hey, hey-hey. Frankly I think when anyone hears the song “Murder on the Dancefloor” by Sophie Ellis-Bextor, we are all just going to think of a naked man running around dancing because of this movie. “Saltburn” is a film that was released at the end of 2023 and is labeled as a comedy/thriller that is rated R. I personally feel Saltburn” should have a jump scare warning, it was brilliant, shocking and unexpected. When I was watching “Saltburn,” I had no idea what to expect or what it was even about. All I heard was the rave about how Jacob Elordi was really hot in it and so obviously I had to watch it.

“Saltburn” is a film about, “A student at Oxford University who finds himself drawn into the world of a charming and aristocratic which his classmate is. His classmate invites him to his eccentric family’s sprawling estate for a summer never to be forgotten,” (IMDB.com). Barry Keoghan also known in the movie as Oliver Quick has this obsession with Elordi known as Felix Catton. Quick says he has a “hard” family life, so Catton tries to take him in as one of his own and that is where the obsession starts because Quick has never been seen by anyone.

Barry Keoghan as Oliver stands above the chaos. Photo courtesy of Amazon/MGM Studios

One thing I surely recognized while watching this movie is that it moves really really slow. I felt almost bored watching it until the intriguing things happened. When looking at other people’s reviews of the movie, they enjoyed how slow it went and the development of each actor, but I was not a fan. I enjoy fast-paced movies where you can’t predict the ending. But once the bathtub scene hit, the pace of this movie started to pick up. But I will admit I did not predict the end of this one.

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Another thing I noticed was that movies nowadays are set in current time, but this movie was set in 2006. It had that aesthetic of fuzzy quality, really long and very dark. I don’t know how I feel about it though, the aesthetic of this movie seems like 2006 is too early for it to be a thing, I see it more as a 1990s-type movie.

Something that was pretty special about this movie was the soundtrack they used. There is a ton of popular songs in this movie and a lot of people recognized and made the movie even better. This movie holds a lot of nostalgia for watchers because of the fact it is set back in 2006 and the soundtrack is made up of songs from back then.

As crazy, and some may say disturbing, as “Saltburn” is, it is a masterpiece. The director put this film together beautifully and hit every category needed to make this film successful. From picking to correct actors to setting the scene to the font and type of movie. Everything fit the aesthetic and was executed perfectly. Everyone will have their own thoughts and opinions, and this movie is not for everyone, but it is worth the watch. In the words of singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, it’ll “blow you all away.”

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