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I heard much buzz about Saltburn, so I decided I had to see it for myself. One misnomer I’ll mention right away is this movie was labeled as a comedy. Unless I was missing something or maybe the fact this in a British setting, I was not understanding the humor, but it’s not what I would consider a comedy. This is more so a dark drama with elements of psychological horror, and this movie goes places that will shock you.

The plot is about Oliver Quick who is just starting his semester at Oxford. He feels alienated from his fellow peers until he strikes up a friendship with Felix. Friendship becomes obsession and when Oliver is invited to stay with Felix’s family, unexpected events happen that will threaten them both.

So for almost an hour into the movie, we are just watching Oliver as he interacts more and more with Felix. They go to parties together and mostly it’s just normal happenings. Nothing too exciting. Then when it shifts to Felix’s family, that’s when things start getting strange. At first you suspect the family is not alright, but then you realize something is very wrong with Oliver as well.

There’s some shocking things Oliver does involving the family. There’s a bathtub scene that is pretty squirmy to say the least. There’s a scene involving blood that’s pretty erotic and intense as well.

You get the sense eventually the powderkeg will explode and it does when Felix takes Oliver on an unexpected visit to Oliver’s family. Some truths unfold that effect their friendship and this is when things really start to escalate.

Themes of obsession and preying on the rich are definitely explored throughout this film. Oliver is playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers and that does not end up well for Felix or his family.

I can understand why this movie had been talked about so much with what it presents to us. And we find out that even though the first half was pretty uneventful, there are things that happened that was very relevant to what else happens in the movie.

In all, yes I will agree this movie deserved its accolades. If you have yet to see it, I would recommend to check it out and it is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

If you seen Saltburn, let us know what you thought! Was there a comedy aspect I was just missing?

Till next time, stay scared!
-Tha Thrilla-

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