Last Night In Soho
review by Bobby Blakey
Edgar Wright has such an interesting filmography of great films including Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The World’s End and Baby Driver. His latest film Last Night In Soho stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith, Terence Stamp, Diana Rigg, Rita Tushingham, Michael Ajao, and Synnøve Karlsen. Could this film once again set his vision apart or will it fail to find its reality?
Last Night In Soho follows a young girl, passionate in fashion design, who is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it appears, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.
I found all the trailers for this movie to be intriguing and never really said much about what was going on. The film has an interesting noir tone to it while still being modern. Wright has crafted a film that is familiar, unique and all around excellent in the strange way that might not work for everyone. The whole thing harkens back to films of old complete with neon lighting and old school music that all creates a vibe that sucks you right in.
The cast are great with Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie both playing opposite sides of the same coin to perfection. Their connection isn’t what you might think, but works on all levels. McKenzie does most of the heavy lifting in the film bringing so much range she steals the show. Joy brings that old style vibe, sensuality and pain to the role making her character full of depth without saying much at all.
I loved the way their moments and connections where filmed featuring some beautifully brilliant visuals. The whole world created with the visuals is a feast for the senses in both its beauty and violence. The story is creative and
engaging throughout, but does take a bit of time to get there. The first act didn’t work as well for me as it started to feel like the usual teen angst world and was getting worried, but thankfully it finds its footing pretty fast.
It wasn’t overly hard to figure out some of the big twists to the story, but that didn’t make them any less compelling and a worthwhile payoff. Edgar Wright has once again brought his originality to the screen with a film that is probably his most ambitious and delivers to perfection.
In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including trailers, deleted scenes, commentary, featurettes and more taking you behind bringing Wright’s latest vision to life. Grab your copy of The Last Night In Soho available now on digital, 4K, Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Home Entertainment.