Last Night in Soho
Last Night in Soho 2021) movie review
From writer/director Edgar Wright, Last Night in Soho is a horror/thriller starring Thomasin McKenzie as Eloise. She’s your average small town girl who moves to London to study fashion. After moving into a small building, she begins to experience s phenomenon that shows her visions of a girl from the 1960s. Following its festival run that began in September, Last Night in Soho opens this weekend and thus far carries a strong reception from critics and an even stronger one from audiences.
Last Night in Soho is not only, yet again, another impressive entry into Wright filmography (already my second favorite of his), but the bold and unique film makes such a greater impact than Antlers in every way. It’s scarier too. So if you are looking for a thrilling, entertaining, and occasionally terrifying horror film to see this weekend, Last Night in Soho is one of a kind.
Now I could probably talk about this movie all day. I won’t do that to you. Heck I won’t do that to myself! I’ve got things to do! So let me breeze over a few things that are worth more attention than I am giving them… Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy are both wonderful, Matt Smith is terrifying as is Terence Stamp, and the late Diana Rigg was a potent performance for such a minor part. There are also plenty of layers to these performances that I found incredibly effective for the story the film has going.
The story itself is not one want to dive into too much. I personally hated the second trailer for spoiling the plot for me. I was a bit too hasty it would seem… And what an idiot I feel like for not trusting Edgar Wright. So the pros of the story: It’s twisty and turny and absolutely thrilling! Cons: It doesn’t always make sense. I didn’t find this something that distracted me, as some movies need to play with the narrative a bit to, well, be entertaining. Soho wouldn’t be as great as it was if it made perfect sense. Instead it makes mostly perfect sense…
If you have ever seen an Edgar Wright film, you know the man is a masterclass filmmaker when it comes to a few specific things: camerawork, soundtrack selection, pacing, snappy dialogue, and editing. More specifically, the way those things all work together! Heck this man said during this film’s production, “I want the trash truck outside to make sounds that synchronize with this alarm clock.” Why? Because he can.
And as much as I love how much Baby Driver feels like one long take at times, I don’t think I’ve seen a film quite as amazing as Last Night in Soho when it came to editing that was both more reserved than Wright’s usual and somehow more impactful. I loved it. I loved all of it. The soundtrack? Incredible. Camerawork? Stunning. Heck choreography?? Wonderful. And of course the editing- look I know I want Dune (2021) to win most of the technical Oscars this year, but like… maybe leave editing to Wright…
In summary: Last Night in Soho is really something! Is it style over substance? Yeah sure. Does that diminish the impressive quality that this film brings? Absolutely not. Everything from the meticulous performances to the winging story to the terrifying scares and foot-tapping soundtrack- Ugh look just- Go see Last Night in Soho! It’s so much better than Antlers, and more importantly, it’s a real piece of art. I love it, and we are going to go see it again tonight. 9/10.
So Last Night in Soho? Did you see it yet? What did you think? And what is your favorite Edgar Wright film? Be sure to let us know in the comments below! And if you liked this review, leave a like and let us know! Thanks for reading!
-review by Ryan Prince