At The Movies: Last Night In Soho

Soaked in style and backed by a swinging Sixties soundtrack, Last Night in Soho is a devilishly fun psychological thriller from acclaimed director Edgar Wright. (Baby Driver, Hot Fuzz)

The film follows Ellie, an aspiring young designer with dreams of making her name in the fashion world. Making the move from her country town to study at London’s Fashion College, Ellie struggles to fit in with her peers and their hard-partying ways. Quickly departing the student accommodation, she opts instead to rent a bedsit owned by an elderly woman.

With an affinity for the music and style of the 60’s era Ellie quickly finds inspiration, immersing herself in the culture and history of Soho and the West End. She begins experiencing vivid dreams at night, reliving London’s thriving 60’s club scene through the eyes of a confident young blonde woman named Sandie. As the visions intensify, Ellie’s world begins to crack as she starts confusing the past with reality, releasing a darkness hiding beneath the glamour of her dreams.

Last Night In Soho features a standout performance from Thomasin McKenzie as “Ellie Turner”. The young NZ actress makes the most of her first starring role, and surely has plenty more coming her way after this effort. The stellar supporting cast are perfectly matched to their roles, featuring Terence Stamp, Matthew Robert Smith (The Crown) and the final film appearances of the wonderful Diana Rigg and Margaret Nolan. Anya Taylor-Joy’s (The Queens Gambit) star continues to rise and her portrayal here of Alexandra “Sandie” Collins is fantastic.

Director Edgar Wright always brings his own style to his films, and this is no exception. He deftly weaves between past and present , scenes full of dazzling colour, witty dialogue and snappy editing. The club scenes are the standout, with some fantastic sequences in Ellie’s dream state featuring mirrors used to great effect. No Edgar Wright film is complete without music, and “Last Night In Soho” is no exception. Each song is woven into the scene, becoming part of the story adding to the narrative and atmosphere. It’s a clever and unique way of incorporating music, complementing the film rather than being used as an afterthought.

Last Night In Soho is a fun film with dark secrets. Filled with great performances and a brilliant soundtrack, it’s another win from a director who has his own unique flair and style. See it at your local cinema now.

Movie Review By Samuel Phillips

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