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Last Night in Soho (2021)

Director:
Edgar Wright

COUNTRY
United Kingdom

Genre
Drama/Thriller/Horror

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Last Night in Soho

RUNNING TIME
116 minutes

Producer:
Nira Park
Tim Bevan
Eric Fellner
Edgar Wright

Screenwriter:
Edgar Wright
Krysty Wilson-Cairns


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Eloise "Ellie" Turner Thomasin McKenzie ½

Alexandra "Sandie" Collins

Anya Taylor-Joy ½
Ms. Collins

Diana Rigg

Jack Matt Smith ½
John Michael Ajao ½
Lindsay Terence Stamp
Margaret "Peggy" Turner Rita Tushingham ½
Jocasta Synnøve Karlsen -

 

Review

Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim) invites us to a magical recreation of the 1960s and Swinging London for a part homage of the era's music and fashion and part lambasting of the people and values in it. Experiencing it all with a 2021 point of view is Ellie (Thomasin McKenzie), an old-fashioned country-girl with psychic powers who moves from Cornwall to London to study at the London College of Fashion and finds that 'London is a bit much', as her grandmother had put it. The originality and fresh angle is there, perhaps even more so than in Wright's other ventures, and for half its running time, Last Night in Soho keeps you pinned in anticipation of what to come and how all its genre-bending pieces will fit together in the end. And along the way we get creative transitions between present-day challenges and 1960s thrills, with immaculately elegant compositions of the latter. We are intrigued by the characters of Jack (Matt Smith), Lindsay (Terence Stamp) and Ms. Collins (Diana Rigg, in her last performance), but as the final third approaches, Wright resorts to cheap horror techniques to keep us unnecessarily in the dark, and the fascinating Stamp character turns out to be badly underdeveloped. The ending is a big let-down and a complete raid of horror-cliches. Yes, Wright's story holds up logically within its own realm, but he had promised us so much more than two-faced cartoon baddies and worn-out ghost explanations.

Copyright © 21.11.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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