Last Night in Soho is Edgar Wright’s first film since Baby Driver, but will it be worth waiting? After its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, the time-travelling psychological thriller appears to be a hit with critics.
In Last Night in Soho, we meet Eloise, an aspiring fashion designer from Cornwall who moves to London to study at the London College of Fashion. Unfortunately, her grandmother fostered a love of the 1960s, making her a target of ridicule for some of her classmates.
If she decides to rent an apartment from Miss Collins, who appears to be stuck in time, Eloise will live independently. However, when Eloise begins to be transported back in time regularly, things take a bizarre turn. She meets aspiring singer Sandie, who hopes to make it big in London in the 1960s. But, in no time at all, Sandie meets the handsome Jack, who pledges to help her build a name for herself in the music industry.
Eloise is thrilled to have a glimpse into the period she adores, but things quickly take a sad turn for both of them despite Sandie’s flourishing profession. For a taste of what critics have said about the film, we’ve aggregated reviews below.
“Taylor-Joy is the perfect actress for her job,” says The Independent. ” You can’t help but be drawn to her. In ‘Downtown,’ her performance is spine-tingling. When it comes to misogyny, Wright depicts both the excitement and sleazy side of the era: sexual violence. Despite this, the Sixties interludes constitute only a small section of the film. There are modern scenes, but they aren’t nearly as striking as those from half a century ago.”
When Last Night in Soho fails to deliver as expected, it’s all the more upsetting because it was crafted with such obvious effort and conviction,” said Variety. Despite Wright’s love for B-movies, British Invasion music, and a fast-fading corner of metropolitan London, the film’s shallow supernatural mystery tale is overshadowed by Wright’s obsessions. Also known as Last Night in Soho, the film was created by Wright for his amusement.”
The deadline said, “You can always count on Edgar Wright to provide a wonderfully off-kilter thriller with an undoubtedly hallucinogenic atmosphere and a flash to the past of swinging 60s London. It would be not easy to find a more bright and thrilling addition to the genre. While the role of a full-fledged lead is out of character for McKenzie, she makes the most of it and brings it home. Compared to Eloise, Taylor-Joy is the perfect foil. Smith is a true gangster.”
“The Guardian” – “If you’re looking for inspiration for your next project, Edgar Wright has you covered. His film is utterly ridiculous and utterly delightful in a foolish way. On the verge of its release at Venice Film Festival, Wright’s film shines with new vitality, still warm from its editing suite, and already looking like something of antiquity in its own right.”
American and UK audiences will be able to see it on October 22 and 29, respectively.