Hyperbole is a key part of marketing, but there’s not an ounce of exaggeration in saying that Jordan Peele Salt fully deserved to be sustained and celebrated as an instant horror classic.
Not only was the former sketch comedian’s feature directorial debut a huge success on all fronts after earning $255 million at the box office on a budget of less than $5 million, before Peele scooped the trophy for Best Original Screenplay. at the Academy Awards, but the psychological examination of real-world social problems wrapped in a lurid shell became a bona fide cultural phenomenon.
The reviews were universally positive, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who has much in the way of negativity to point to. Salt. Well, except for this one person who suggested that the movie is grossly overrated in a since-deleted Reddit thread, which was probably deleted because the replies and comments completely incinerated one of the worst shots you can imagine.
Some of the top-voted responses were eloquent in their disdain for opinion, expressing nuggets of wisdom like “If we ignore everything good about this movie, it sucks. What a great shot.”, “So if you take away the important theme of a movie, it becomes less interesting, with less depth?”, “If you take away the theme of inequality, isn’t it? Parasite really another movie about roommates?”, and a dozen who just say “no”.
That pretty much settles it, then, so we can all go back to our lives and accept that Salt is a masterclass in modern horror.