Last Night in Soho

2021

Horror / Mystery / Thriller

88
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 75%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 89%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 1

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November 18, 2021

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Andrew Bicknell as Mr. Pointer
Anya Taylor-Joy as Sandie
Katrina Vasilieva as Burlesque Dancer
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by kosmasp 9 / 10 / 10

Old school

Edgar Wright seems to polarize with this movie. Although generally speaking the majority seem to love this as much as I did. Or in similar fashion - no pun intended. And for a genre movie it starts off ... well off (weird). You don't get a shocker, quite the opposite it starts off with a music number/dancing. Which makes sense when you think about it in hindsight and still sets a tone for the viewer - even if not one that is as menacing as the movie becomes later on. Technically speaking the movie is impeccable. Anyone arguing differently surely has not seen far lesser movies produced than this and is probably blinded by the fact they don't like the movie. Which is more than fine, just don't let your dislike turn into a general bashing. One does not have to like a movie that is well made. We have different tastes and that is a good thing. There are things that depending on how you view things, may feel like flaws or things the movie did not get right. Like the moral ambiguity or the love interest. The latter may feel a bit one dimensional, but ask yourself this: how many female love interests have been played or rather written the exact same way? So this is nothing unusual - unless you count the gender swap for who is playing the gullible and way too nice person to be real ... having said that, again that may not be enough to sway you to like the movie or the characters. And the moral issues the movie displays including an ending that some may not be entirely left satisfied with (character choices and so much more) - with many unanswered questions ... on the other hand, some things are better left without an answer, so we as viewers can fill in the blanks. Stylish and probably with quite a few in-camera effects (I imagine certain tricks were used to avoid a higher special effects cost, but I may be wrong), this movie has a few exquisite jump scares and a really good story as a backbone. Oh and before I forget, a great cast. It has been ages since I last saw Terence Stamp on the big screen ... Covid aside of course. Anyway, really good genre movie by a director who knows what he wants - for an audience who mostly seems to appreciate it.

Reviewed by jboothmillard 7 / 10 / 10

Last Night in Soho

I saw the trailer for this film a couple of times shortly before its release, it looked intriguing, a different and surprising choice for writer and director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Baby Driver), and one that I couldn't wait to see. Basically, Eloise "Ellie" Turner (Leave No Trace's Thomasin McKenzie) loves the music and fashion of the Swinging Sixties and dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Her mother (Aimee Cassettari), also a designer, killed herself when Ellie was a child. Ellie lives with her grandmother Margaret / "Peggy" (Rita Tushingham) in Redruth, Cornwall, and occasionally sees her mother's ghost in mirrors. Ellie moves from her rural home to London to study at the London College of Fashion. She struggles to fit in with her peers, particularly her snobbish roommate Jocasta (Synnove Karlsen). Only fellow student John (Michael Ajao) is sympathetic to her. Unhappy in the hall of residence, Ellie moves into a bedsit in Goodge Place owned by the elderly Ms Collins (Dame Diana Rigg, in her final role). That night, Ellie has a vivid dream in which she is transported back in time to the 1960s. At the Café de Paris, she sees a confident young blonde woman, Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy), who wants to become a singer at the club. Sandie begins a relationship with the smartly dressed and charming manager, Jack (Matt Smith). The next morning, Ellie designs a dress inspired by Sandie. She also finds she has a love bit on the neck, which Sandie received during the dream. Ellie has another dream in which Sandie successfully auditions at a Soho nightclub, arranged by Jack. After which, she returns to the same bedsit that Ellie is renting. Ellie is inspired by these visions, and decides to dye her hair blonde, changes her fashion style, uses Sandie as an inspiration for her dress designs and gets a job at a pub. Following this transformation, she is watched by a silver-haired man (Terence Stamp), who recognises her similarities to Sandie. In the following dreams, Ellie discovers that Sandie is not living the life she had hoped for, Jack begins to pimp her with male business associates. Out of the dream world, Ellie starts to experience monstrous apparitions that resemble Jack and the various men who abused Sandie. She attends a Halloween party but flees when the spirits disturb her there. John returns with her to her bedsit to comfort her, and they begin to make love. But then Ellie is terrified by a vision of Jack murdering Sandie, causing her to panic and John to be thrown out by Ms Collins. Ellie decides to track down the silver-haired man, who she believes is Jack. She goes to the police to report the crime of murder from the past, but she is not taken seriously. Ellie goes to the university library to look through archives for newspaper reports of murders in Soho, but she is unable to find anything about Sandie's murder. Instead, she finds various articles of local men who vanished without a trace. She is surrounded by monstrous spirits and nearly stabs Jocasta in a state of panic. Ellie returns to the pub to find the silver-haired man, believing she must avenge Sandie. The old man denies killing Sandie before running out into the road and being hit by a taxi. The pub landlady Carol (Father Ted's Pauline McLynn) tells Ellie that the man is not Jack, but a retired police officer named Lindsay. Ellie recalls him as an undercover vice officer from her dreams; he tried to help Sandie escape her life of prostitution. Devastated, Ellie decides she should leave London and John drives her back to Ms Collins' house. She informs Ms Collins that she is leaving. Ms Collins makes her a cup of tea and tells her that a detective came by asking about Sandie. Eventually, Ms Collins reveals that she is actually Sandie, revealing that she killed Jack in self-defence after he threatened her with a knife, and she murdered the various men she was pimped to, hiding their bodies underneath floorboards in the house. Ms Collins also reveals she drugged Ellie's tea and will kill her to prevent her telling the truth. In a scuffle, a cigarette is dropped and ignites a box of vinyl records. John comes to Ellie's rescue, but Ms Collins stabs him. Ellie flees to her room while the house is engulfed in flames. The spirits of Sandie's victims surround Ellie, begging her to kill Ms Collins, but she refuses. Ms Collins enters Ellie's room, where she sees the spirits and is slapped by the ghost of Jack. With the police outside, Ms Collins attempts to slit her own throat, but Ellie stops her, saying she understands why she killed the men. Ms Collins, as Sandie, tells Ellie to save herself and John from the fire. Sandie stays in the building as it burns. Sometime later, Ellie enjoys success as her dresses are showcased at a fashion show. She is congratulated backstage by her grandmother and John, now her boyfriend. Ellie sees her mother's spirit in a mirror and then sees Sandie, who waves and blows her a kiss. Also starring Jessie Mei Li as Lara, Kassius Nelson as Cami, Rebecca Harrod as Ashley, Beth Singh as Cilla Black, Margaret Nolan as sage barmaid, Sam Claflin as a young Lindsay, Harry Potter's James and Oliver Phelps as Cloakroom Attendants. McKenzie is terrific as the 1960s obsessed fashion student, Taylor-Joy looks fabulous and is splendid as the wannabe club singer, Smith is great as the charmer with a nasty streak, and the support of Stamp and Rigg are memorable as well. I didn't expect it to be as dark and disturbing as it turned out to be, it is admittedly predictable at times, but the mystery element keeps it going, the scary stuff gets your attention, and the period detail with costume design and its use of vibrant colours is eye-catching, all in all, it is a visually arresting and interesting psychological horror. Good!

Reviewed by CinemaSerf 7 / 10 / 10

Gently bubbling, sophisticated, horror film...

The time-shift nature of the narrative, supported well by the changes in fashion styling, an excellent soundtrack of strong vocals and a really top-notch effort from Anya Taylor-Joy as "Sandie" really make this quite compelling at times. When "Eloise" (Thomasin McKenzie) takes an attic room in the house of Dame Diana Rigg, all goes well until she starts to become subsumed into the life of an alter-ego "Sandie" - a girl who came to London's Soho in the 1960s, full of pipe dreams to be a successful singer. She alighted on the sleazy "Jack" (Matt Smith) who promised her the world - but soon she was just another plaything for old men... Initially convinced these are just dreams, soon "Eloise" and her would-be-beau from fashion school "John" (Michael Ajao) are trying to get to the bottom of what really happened... As horror films go, it has plenty to keep it interesting. There are a few jump moments as the film progresses, but mostly it is the hugely creative style of the visuals that build the sense of menace. The twin-dimensional aspects of the plot gradually marrying together as their two environments begin to encroach more on each other. I can't say I liked the ending, it was all just a bit too convenient and for me, at any rate, predictable. The interventions from Terence Stamp were unnecessarily misleading, I felt - and not in an interestingly red-herring sort of fashion, which I thought was a little bit of a shame. Still, though, this is a great looking, well paced and engaging test for the nerves that showcased some good acting talent that I did rather enjoy.

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