"Last Night in Soho" (2021)
Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Edgar Wright, Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Starring: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, Aimee Cassettari, Rita Tushingham, Colin Mace, Michael Ajao, Synnove Karlsen, Jessie Mei Li, Terence Stamp
Rated: R for bloody violence, sexual content, language, brief drug material and brief graphic nudity
Runtime: 1h 56m
Genre: Drama | Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Country: United Kingdom
Available on: Various VOD platforms
"An aspiring fashion designer is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer. But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something darker."
You might like this if you like: Dramas, Horror, Mysteries, Thrillers, Edgar Wright, Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, Aimee Cassettari, Rita Tushingham, Colin Mace, Michael Ajao, Synnove Karlsen, Jessie Mei Li, Terence Stamp
Thomasin McKenzie in 'Last Night in Soho' (2021)
I’m definitely one of Edgar Wright’s biggest fans, all the way back to his original comedy series ‘Spaced’ (1999) with Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes & Nick Frost and seeing his career grow all the way into full on genre films that pay homage to the ones he grew up with with ‘Last Night in Soho’ (2021).
Much like Wes Anderson’s new movie, I expected a sort of quality when walking into an Edgar Wright movie. So of course I’m going to be looking for all those Edgar moments, but when I finally sat down to watch I was surprised at how under the radar Edgar Wright was able to go from his usual flashy photography and quick ‘thwip’ editing. He bent entirely to the genre while at the same time adding something fresh and unwise and I really respected that.
Matt Smith (left) & Anya Taylor-Joy (right) in 'Last Night in Soho' (2021)
The original ‘Suspiria’ is another favorite, and clearly an inspiration to this, but I found ‘Soho’ to feel a little more clear and had fuller characters, maybe a little more fun being as it’s a modern picture. It did feel like a wonderful addition though to the sub genre of ‘Suspiria’ films and I found it quite memorable.
My favorite shot by far was the one with the sheet being thrown over the lens as we fly backwards over the seemingly never-ending bed. Like what? That was amazing!
The soundtrack was a blast and I could tell Edgar Wright always puts a lot of thought into his music choices which I love.
I don’t have a history of being the biggest fans of either Anya Taylor-Joy or Matt Smith, I respect them and know they have their big fan bases, I just haven’t been hooked by them yet. I thought they did great jobs in this, but Thomason McKenzie was a favorite throughout. I’d just seen her in Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ in 2019 which I adored her in and also briefly in Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog’ this year.
Dianna Rigg in 'Last Night in Soho' (2021)
Michael Ajao was amazing as was Rita Tushingham. I enjoy Terence Stamp though I did accidentally bump (and I do mean literally bump) into him at a coffee shop once and felt disturbed by the look he gave me ever since. I didn’t want to be on that guy’s bad side.
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I did enjoy the twist ending. There was a moment where I felt like maybe it was trying to tell us we should feel bad for these men who went after Peggy, but I actually think Peggy deserved her revenge on what those men did to her, and luckily ‘Eloise’ calls this out and says ‘NO’, which I appreciated. I just didn’t want Peggy to made out to be bad I guess just based on what she had gone through.
'Last Night in Soho' (2021)
And the one thing the films of 2021 seem to keep doing is having an abundant amount of white people with one or two token people of color. We need more diversity now on the level these mainstream films are getting.
Written by Sam Gall on Dec 21, 2021
CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0
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