Last Night in Soho (2021) | Movie Review
Last Night in Soho 2021 is Drama Horror Mystery film. The film is rated R and it is an hour and 56 minutes long.
Let’s check out my honest review for Last Night in Soho and tell you if it’s worth a watch on Hallween.
Last Night in Soho Review
Last Night in Soho is the newest film by director Edgar Wright. And there are some certain movies out there that make me want to travel. This is one of those movies. This movie makes me want to go on the next travel website and buy the first ticket to London. I was lucky enough to see this film early and I’m going to give you my quick thoughts right now.
Today I’m going to give you my quick thoughts for Last Night in Soho. So we got Last Night in Soho, directed by Edgar Wright. And you know him from films as Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World’s End (2013).
And it stars Thomasin McKenzie. You know, the girl from Jojo Rabbit, and she has a very distinct voice, right? It’s so distinct as well as Anya Taylor-Joy, and Matt Smith, among others.
And it’s about a girl who travels to London to live her dream of being a fashion designer. And she rents this flat down in Soho.
But when she falls asleep, she has these dreams or these visions into the past of a girl named Sandie, this wannabe singer who’s trying to make her way in London in the 1960s to rise to Fame, to be a singer. But Eloise, our main girl, finds out that the story has a bit of a dark twist to it.
So is Last Night in Soho worth a watch?
I’m going to say this, If you do decide to watch this movie, you’re going to enjoy it. You’re going to get a good experience. But if you do decide to skip this movie, then you won’t be missing much. Especially compared to Edgar Wright’s other work.
Now, what did I like about this movie?
I liked the style. 1960s London looks so extravagant. I want to visit there the production design, the costumes, the hair, the makeup, the music. This movie has created a world that I want to be a part of for the most part. And we’ll get into that.
And Edgar Wright is still a talented director, and he still makes a competent movie here. His standard humor is here. His standard thrills are here. It’s very compelling. It’s v ery entertaining. And he works with tonal shifts.
Like in Hot fuzz if you guys have not seen that movie.No spoilers. Of course, you’re getting into a comedy, but it has some dark elements as well, and he definitely manages the tones very well, and he can mislead you sometimes, right?
So this movie has some horror elements to it, even though the story might not warrant any. And he deals with the supernatural. Eloise can see ghosts.
Now, this is just me. Of course, I don’t think that part of the movie is necessarily explained too well, but for the most part, you get it and you just go along with it. It’s like you are 13 and you are getting 30.
Why in the world could she go into her 30s by just wishing it in her closet? Who cares?! How come Tom Hanks turned big and big? Whatever. It’s just one of those worlds that things like that can happen. And Edgar Wright creates that kind of world here.
So that’s enough for me to recommend the movie to say, you know what, If you do go see it, you’ll enjoy your time because Edgar writes even his sub-par movies are better than maybe 75% of the crap we get today.
But I do have some problems with the movie.
Pacing, there is a large section in the middle chunk of the movie where I actually took my phone. I’m like, oh, my God. We’re only an hour in.
Okay, I feel like there’s a large portion of this movie where we don’t learn anything new. Ellie is having these dreams of the past, and they’re becoming nightmares, and it’s starting to blend into reality.
But I feel like we learned that already 30 minutes ago, and yet we’re still dealing with the same issue. We’re not learning anything new. We’re not pushing the story forward.
I feel like the film became stagnant at that point, and I feel like they could have done something else with that time or just cut the movie down shorter. There’s a big chunk of the movie where I was, a little bored to be honest. I felt like it really dragged.
The logic and the script is another problem. There are many moments in this movie and one in particular. And again, guys know spoilers where Eloise, our main character, does something.
And I’m like, okay, she’s going to get severely punished for this action. Nothing. She gets no ramifications whatsoever.
And I’m like, okay, this movie is with a world where things can happen that are in the supernatural and don’t always make sense.
But there’s still the logic set in the world that it creates, and it breaks those logic rules. And I’m like, So no one’s going to address that. We’re just going to pretend it didn’t happen. Just don’t have it in the movie then. So I’m like, you’re losing me here a little bit movie.
Some story elements are not explained all the way. Like how Eloise is able to see ghosts again. It’s not really explained that. Well, or at least it didn’t make sense to me. But there’s also some character decisions and motivations that are a little confusing.
They muddled the message of the movie, and we end up asking ourselves, who is the real villain here? What is this film actually trying to say? It, unfortunately, confuses its own meaning and its own message, it’s trying to tell us.
Now I will be completely honest with you guys. And there are some certain people who read my reviews on this website, You guys know who you are who like to talk about how Hollywood has become woke anti-men, whatever.
If you’re one of those people, don’t watch this movie, it is not for you. Because this movie deals with the subject of toxic masculinity.
Now, I know some people will just eye roll at that as a white, cis-gendered, heterosexual male. I do think the subject of toxic masculinity should be talked about, but my problem is, is the way that it’s portrayed in some movies.
Sometimes I think it’s extremely forced and disingenuous, but there are other times in some movies where I think is totally warranted, and they do a great job. And here I think they do a good job for the most part.
They definitely tackle the subject of toxic masculinity right away, even when Eloise gets into a cab and the cab drivers talking about her legs and is comparing her to a model.
And it’s like, oh, are there other models in your fashion school, right? It’s uncomfortable and deals with the subject of toxic masculinity in a way that, yes, we need to be better. And of course, when we have this blind love and nostalgia for the 60s, we see that we’ve come a long way for sure, but we still got a ways to go.
But my problem is and again, no spoilers. That message becomes muddled in the movie where we’re asking ourselves, okay, who should we feel sorry for? Who should we root for? Whose side are we actually on?
It gets muddled in this movie, and it gets confusing. And unfortunately, that overall message makes the movie feel somewhat hollow.
So again, this movie is well-directed, it’s stylish, it’s entertaining for the most part. It’s well-acted. Edgar Wright knows how to direct a competent movie, and it has an intriguing premise, for sure.
But I couldn’t really get emotionally invested into the story because of the confusing motives of the characters and some questionable decisions and the muddled confused message.
So I am going to give Last Night in Soho a C.
Because I did enjoy it. But I feel like this movie could have been so much better. Edgar Wright is capable of making great films.
Hot Fuzz is probably the funniest movie I’ve ever seen, my favorite comedy movie ever. AndLast Night in Soho is enjoyable and I feel like I definitely will watch this movie again at some point.
And I definitely want to add it to the collection. I just don’t think it’s his strongest work and there are some problems that are visible. I’m not really searching for them. They are on the surface, unfortunately.
But what about you guys? What did you guys think of last night in Soho? Let me know down in the comment section down below and tell me what is your favorite Edgar Wright movie?
As I said, Mine has to be Hot Fuzz. That movie is just if you haven’t seen hot Fuzz, go see Hot Fuzz. It’s a phenomenal movie.
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Last Night in Soho Trailer
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