What it is: The latest film by Edgar Wright, LAST NIGHT IN SOHO is a psychological thriller about a young woman (Thomasin McKenzie) with a sixth sense who goes to London to pursue fashion design. She finds herself transported back in time to London in the ’60s, but not as herself… Instead, she finds herself in the body of a singer of the era (played by the wonderful Anya Taylor-Joy). Things aren’t as they appear, though, as both worlds start to unravel, both in the past and in the present day.
What Dan thought: I’ve been a long-time fan of Edgar Wright’s work, feeling it has so much invention and prowess, and this film is no exception. Last Night in Soho moves at a fast pace and is, unlike his previous movies (Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Baby Driver), very intense, indeed. That being said, the film is branded with Wright’s style for inventive and eye-catching visuals, with moments that dazzle cropping up repeatedly throughout the movie – never a bad thing.
In front of the camera, the main cast were terrific across the board (come awards season, expect to see McKenzie and Taylor-Joy’s names come up on a regular basis), and the soundtrack was, as is the norm for Wright’s output, outstanding. The songs fit in really well with the ’60s vibe of the movie and act as a character all of their own, if that makes sense – that will do if you’ve seen the likes of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Baby Driver. Do yourself a favor when you see this film, make sure you see it in a theater with a great sound system – Dolby Cinema or equivalent. Your ears will thank you for it.
Sadly, the film also marks the last acting credits for two undeniable legends of British cinema, featured here in supporting roles, Dame Diana Rigg (to who the film was dedicated to), and Margaret Nolan.
Speaking of the soundtrack, here’s Taylor-Joy’s cover of the Petula Clark classic Downtown, which has been dropped recently on YouTube and consequently stuck in my head for the past week! What a voice!
Dan’s Grade: A. If you want to see a good psychological thriller that’s not a remake or based on an existing property, this is the movie you should see. Dynamic, muscular, and a feast for the eyes and the ears.
Last Night in Soho is playing only in theaters starting October 29th in both the US and UK markets.
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