When I saw the trailer for Last Night in Soho, I immediately wanted to watch it. It looked exciting and the idea of a young woman slipping backward in time was incredibly intriguing. I also was thrilled to see that it was the final film Diana Rigg stars in before we sadly lost the actress. There were several other actors that I love, like Matt Smith and Terence Stamp who also are in the film so I truly hoped that it lived up to my excitement. Happily, this film is everything I wanted, it has stunning visuals, brilliant performances and writing, and a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you guessing all the way through the film.
Last Night in Soho is billed as a psychological thriller and directed by Edgar Wright with the screenplay written by Wright, and Krysty Wilson-Cairns. In the story, Eloise “Ellie” (Thomasin McKenzie) is a young woman with a passion for fashion design and a strange sixth sense. After arriving at a fashion design school, she finds herself transported back in time to 1966 London in the body of a nightclub singer of the era named Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy). While in Sandie’s body, she begins a romantic relationship but she soon realizes that Sandie’s life is not as glamorous as it appears to be and both past and present begin to fall apart with horrifying consequences.
There are so many elements of this film that are done right. One of the first things that you notice is how the film plays with a dark and haunting theme. It is well crafted to have little details that heighten the theme and add to the suspense. Those tiny details are so numerous and build so much that it would take numerous viewings to catch them all but they add to the immersive quality of the film. For me, it had Hitchock levels of suspense and intrigue. Among the details are red herrings that lead you astray and surprises abound throughout the story to keep you guessing as to the final conclusion of the movie. The story is so engrossing that you are completely absorbed. It is perfectly crafted.
Among the details that heighten the story and the horror are the music and visuals. The music is time specific to the sixties but also has a pace that quickens with the action, keeping you on the edge of your seat. The music weaves together with the story to create the more horrific moments in the film. The visuals are equally outstanding. Everywhere you look are scenes that are authentic to the time period, dresses that match and in the story, Ellie brings that design style to her own work. You also see images that are woven into the scenes from the past that begin appearing in the present, causing the intrigue and mystery to increase. The music and visuals add to the tension and create an immersion into the story and the 1960’s timeline.
The story is not the only element that is brilliant. So too are the performances. Thomasin McKenzie portrays her character with nuance and emotion while Anya Taylor-Joy adds to the mystery with her performance. Both women are excellent in their respective roles. In addition, Matt Smith as Jack, the man Sandie falls in love with, is at turns charming and dark in his portrayal. Diana Rigg, in her final performance, is beautiful portraying Ms. Collins, Ellie’s landlady. Terence Stamp gives us a performance that is threatening and slightly dangerous as the Silver Haired Gentleman who takes a keen interest in Ellie. Finally, as Ellie’s love interest John, Michael Ajao is authentic and warm, and his dynamic with Thomasin McKenzie is beautifully portrayed with a chemistry that is appealing.
There are truly no flaws that I could find in this film. If you like psychological horror films then I highly recommend this with its Hitchock level of suspense, immersive quality, thrilling story, and amazing performances. This film will keep you guessing until the end and the story is so well crafted that you won’t want to miss this film. In fact, you may want to watch it more than once to see if you can figure out all the clues. I absolutely loved it and it was so much better than even the trailer led me to expect. This should be the one film you must see for the year.
Rating: 5 out of 5 mirrors.
Official Website: Last Night In Soho | Official Website | October 29 2021
Last Night in Soho
In acclaimed director Edgar Wright’s psychological thriller, Eloise, an aspiring fashion designer, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer, Sandie. But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something far darker. Herein lies the suspenseful premise of LAST NIGHT IN SOHO, a dark-tinged, neon-drenched, new thriller starring Thomasin McKenzie (LEAVE NO TRACE, JOJO RABBIT), Anya Taylor-Joy (EMMA, THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT), Matt Smith (DOCTOR WHO, THE CROWN), Rita Tushingham (A TASTE OF HONEY, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO), Diana Rigg (THE AVENGERS, GAME OF THRONES, ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE) and Terence Stamp (THE COLLECTOR, THE LIMEY, SUPERMAN II).
Edgar Wright (BABY DRIVER, SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD) directs LAST NIGHT IN SOHO from a story he conceived and a script he co-wrote with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917). The film is produced by Nira Park, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Edgar Wright. Executive producers are James Biddle, Rachael Prior, Daniel Battsek and Ollie Madden along with associate producers Leo Thompson and Laura Richardson. LAST NIGHT IN SOHO will open exclusively in theaters on October 29, 2021.
ONE-LINER: If you could go back in time, would you? Should you?