Last Night in Soho - Review (London Film Festival 2021)
Everyone's Waiting For You. 4 / 5
Directed by Edgar Wright. A young girl, passionate about fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to be falling apart with shady consequences.
Edgar Wright returns to horror with a tale that's far more Suspiria than Spaced.
Whisking us back to the swinging sixties, literally transforming the streets of London to the glitz and glamour it's so well known for, Last Night in Soho is not only a tribute to the city and its fashionable past but to the stylistic horrors that soak its gruesome scenes in vibrant colour and light.
Despite the alluring qualities, it doesn't shy away from revealing London's grime and reality with many in-jokes and moments that got some of the biggest laughs and gasps, written specifically for an audience like this.
This is a very different film for Wright yet his signature style and influences are all over this piece even if it lacks the commendable detail of his other work. As the past begins to reveal itself the film slowly gets more disorientating with a heavy focus on fractured reflections and some impressively shot mirror scenes with Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor Joy.
Sure to be a divisive film, it's exciting that Wright is now not only comfortable enough as a director but allowed to make a distinctive horror that has never been made on this scale like this before.