Last Night in Soho

Director: Edgar Wright

Psychological Horror

What It's About

A young woman, Eloise is haunted by her past but looking forward to her future in fashion as a designer. She heads off to the London College of Fashion to pursue her dreams. Packing her suitcase full of sixties- era albums, (which she’s obsessed with) she sets off but not before saying goodbye to her deceased mother who she’s able to see in mirrors. Eloise (Ellie) has special gifts. Gifts that can transport her through time via vivid dreaming. It’s through these dreams that she comes to know a young woman, Sandie, an aspiring actress and singer. Sandie is pulled into a deadly lifestyle and Elllie tries desperately to save her.

What I Thought

I try to avoid spoilers, particularly with movies that I think A LOT of people are going to enjoy. And this is one of those movies. First thing to note is the cinematography. Easily the best I’ve seen this year. It’s so beautifully done that it gave Argento’s Suspiria (BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY in my opinion) a run for its money. Cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung (South Korea) did an incredible job.  As a Korean horror movie fan, I was excited to see Chung’s involvement. It’s beautifully shot, the costuming, effects and soundtrack really immerses you and drives the story. 

The plot was intriguing, well thought out and left me engaged for the full 116 minutes. I really enjoyed the story as it progressed. Seeing familiar faces like Matt Smith (Doctor Who 2010-13) and the iconic likes of Diana Rigg (The Avengers 1961-69) and Terence Stamp (The Collector 1965) was exciting. All gifted actors; and the two female leads, Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch 2015) were believable and suited their respective roles. 

I usually try to predict the movies I watch, but I wasn’t able to do that with this film, which made for an exhilarating watch. A lot of interesting plot twists surrounding Sandie’s mysterious life and unfortunate circumstances kept me guessing. As Ellie’s dreams start to crossover with her waking reality, blurring the lines between past and present, the effects, intensity and horror pick up. You think you know… You feel real empathy for the characters of both Sandie and Ellie, but you won’t see the ending coming.

The ending was so gratifying it gave me goosebumps. My mouth agape the entire time, it was one of the most satisfying films I’ve experienced in a while. 

The Verdict

Four and a half out of five, simply because I thought a couple of the characters could have been better developed, namely Jack (Matt Smith). Other than that, this movie was visually impressive, with an incredibly immersive soundtrack of fire 60s British pop tunes, the story was intricate, unique, and unpredictable. This movie met and exceeded my expectations. Would watch again.

Where to find it

Available to stream on VOD platforms like YouTubeApple, Prime, and Vudu.

Photo: IMDB

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