Last Night in Soho

From acclaimed director Edgar Wright comes a new psychological thriller that follows timid Eloise, call her Ellie, (Thomasin McKenzie) as she moves to the big city to embark on her dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Struggling to find her place among her new classmates, Ellie is relieved when she finds an ad for a room to rent by Ms. Collins (Diana Rigg). In this room, Ellie is mysteriously able to enter London in the 1960s where she comes across Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy). Sandie is beautiful, talented and everything that Ellie is not. Each night, Ellie looks forward to falling asleep to learn more about this woman, but she soon realizes that the glitz and the glamor is not at all what it appears to be.

Last Night in Soho was up there with one of my most anticipated films of the year and it was all because of Anya Taylor-Joy. Her rise to fame has been nothing short of impressive and while her roles have all differed, she is nonetheless phenomenal each and every time. I’ll admit I was nervous going into this, especially because horror is not a genre I’m comfortable in. I really wanted to see it on the big screen though. So, I sucked it up and I am so glad that I did because it really was worth the ride.

Anya Taylor-Joy really did shine as Sandie – she was radiant in every one of her scenes. I was also very pleased with Thomasin McKenzie’s performance. This was my first time seeing her and she matched the rest of the talent flawlessly. Matt Smith, who played Sandie’s friend Jack, was charming and also kind of scary. Other well knowns Terence Stamp, Rita Tushingham and the late Diana Rigg rounded off a great cast.

The soundtrack was brilliant and really helped set the tone of the film. The costumes were to die for and the cinematography was stunning. All the neon and flashing lights used really added that extra element.

Overall, what I enjoyed the most about Last Night in Soho was the journey it took me on. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was proven to be totally and completely wrong. Twenty four hours later and I’m still reeling from it. It really blurred the lines between reality and perception and I loved that I was left scratching my head. I also appreciated how the topic of mental health was touched upon. This psychological thriller kept me on the edge of my seat and while not everything was tied up in a perfect bow, I was satisfied overall.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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