Last Night in Soho
Last Night in Soho is a British psychological horror film directed by Edgar Wright in 2021, based on a narrative by Wright and written by Wright and Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, and Terence Stamp star in the film. Diana Rigg and Margaret Nolan, who died in September and October 2020, respectively, make their final film appearances in this picture.
Last Night in Soho had its global premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 4, 2021, and Universal Pictures and Focus Features will release it theatrically in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States on October 29, 2021. The film has gotten mostly positive reviews from critics, however, the screenplay has gotten mixed reviews.
Last Night in Soho Release Date
On September 4, 2021, Last Night in Soho had its global premiere at the Venice International Film Festival. It will also be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2021, as well as the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival on September 10th, 2021. It is set to be released on October 29th, 2021. It was supposed to be released on September 25, 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was pushed back to April 23, 2021, then to October 22, and finally to the following weekend.
Last Night in Soho Storyline
Plot Summary & Review
Eloise, a young lady with a weird sixth sense and a passion for fashion design, is transported back in time to 1966 London in the body of Sandie, a legendary nightclub singer of the era. Eloise establishes a sexual relationship while in Sandie’s body; however, she soon realizes that Sandie’s life in the Swinging Sixties is not as glamorous as it appears, and both past and present begin to break apart with terrifying repercussions.
It’s a perfect setup for Ellie until she starts to fantasize about being Sandy (Anya Taylor-Joy), a swinging young blond woman who lived in London in 1966. Ellie’s fantasies turn into nightmares as the lines between truth and fiction blur. Wright’s “Last Night in Soho,” co-written with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (“1917”), is funny and chaotic, slick and stylish, and falls apart in the second half.
Wright’s predilection for piercing needle drops resonates through the initial section of “Last Night in Soho.” “Got My Mind Set on You,” The young woman is a hayseed, enthralled by what she’s read about the great city and looking for the London she’s heard about in her favorite songs. McKenzie’s portrayal of Ellie is reminiscent of her performance as Tom in “Leave No Trace.” She’s an outsider in a strange nation, attempting to restore her broken relationship with a father. She exploits her nostalgia for the 1960s as a safety net, eventually purchasing 1960s-style clothing and dyeing her hair blonde.
The notion of “Last Night in Soho” is also a hit. She must avoid lustful aspects as a country girl now residing in the big metropolis. For example, during a skin-crawling cab journey, the driver begins to comment on her legs and inquires as to if she has any other models living with her. Wright intends for this picture to be a condemnation of filthy, toxic guys as well as a warning against mindless nostalgia.
This key hook alluded to the latter idea, implying that when Ellie sleeps, she not only sees but also becomes, Sandy. Sandy enters a hip, fantastic 1960s club, down a flight of stairs and past a wall of mirrors, thanks to inventive in-camera effects and staging. Sandy is on one side of the mirrors. Ellie, on the other hand. The two personalities, on the other hand, are diametrically opposed. Sandy, unlike the modest Ellie, struts around like a runway model. She has a clear idea of what she wants. She also believes she knows how to acquire it.
The villain is when Wright’s film begins to falter. Sandy is watched over by Jack (Matt Smith), a pompadoured, pinstripe-wearing agent who represents all the girls. Sandy has no idea that Jack is a pimp. And he plays on her desire for recognition by promising her the benefits of propositioning herself to advance her profession. The audience does not share Ellie’s dread of him. It’s a stretch to claim that Jack’s concept wouldn’t create a vile villain. But Wright doesn’t go far enough with that character to make him more than a boogeyman.
Wright built a name for himself with the zombie comedy “Shaun of the Dead,” so it’s no surprise that he’d use the same approach here. A swarm of macabre apparitions seems to attack Ellie among beautiful, surreal kaleidoscopic reflections. Due to their indistinguishability and the frequency with which Wright employs them, these ghosts generate minimal frights. If Ellie and Sandy were more related than having the same address in separate decades, the ever-shrinking borders between them may be exciting.
In addition, “Last Night in Soho” suffers from a frequent colorblind casting error. The film’s lone Black character (Michael Ajao) is dressed for Halloween to provoke a scare in one sequence, which is unintentionally the scariest in the film. His night ends in a near-rape accusation by a white woman. It’s tough to go into detail about the scene without giving too much away, but filmmakers must realize that simply casting a Black actor isn’t enough, especially given the racial background of the setting. After that, the Black character continues to try to help the white person who nearly murdered him, a decision that is considerably more improbable than any ghoul.
Finally, Ellie’s story feels unfinished, buried beneath the film’s fashion until the style can no longer support it. Despite having a terrific soundtrack and elegant retro fashion by costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux, Wright’s “Last Night in Soho” crumbles into a depressing mass of monotony.
Last Night in Soho Cast
- Thomasin McKenzie as Eloise Turner
- Anya Taylor-Joy as Sandie
- Matt Smith as Jack
- Terence Stamp as the Silver Haired Gentleman
- Michael Ajao as John
- Diana Rigg as Miss Collins
- Rita Tushingham as Peggy Turner
- Jessie Mei Li as Lara
- Synnøve Karlsen as Jocasta
- Margaret Nolan
- Lisa McGrillis
- James and Oliver Phelps as Charles and Ben
Last Night in Soho Wiki
- Directed by Edgar Wright
- Screenplay by
- Story by Edgar Wright
- Produced by
- Cinematography Chung-hoon Chung
- Edited by Paul Machliss
- Music by Steven Price
- Production companies
Perfect World Pictures
Working Title Films
Complete Fiction Pictures
- Distributed by Focus Features (North America)
Universal Pictures (international)
- Release date
4 September 2021 (Venice)
29 October 2021 (United Kingdom)
- Running time 116 minutes
- Country United Kingdom
- Language English