Last Night in Soho
|Last Night in Soho|
|Directed by||Edgar Wright|
|Story by||Edgar Wright|
|Edited by||Paul Machliss|
|Music by||Steven Price|
Last Night in Soho is a 2021 British psychological horror film directed by Edgar Wright, with a screenplay by Wright and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, from a story by Wright. The film stars Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, and Terence Stamp. The film marks the final film appearances of Diana Rigg and Margaret Nolan, who died in September and October 2020, respectively.
Last Night in Soho had its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival on 4 September 2021, and is scheduled to be released theatrically in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States on 29 October 2021 by Universal Pictures and Focus Features. The film has received generally positive reviews from critics.
Eloise, a young woman with a passion for fashion design and a strange sixth sense, finds herself transported back in time to 1966 London in the body of an iconic night club singer of the era named Sandie. While in Sandie's body, Eloise begins a romantic relationship; but she begins to realize that Sandie's life in the Swinging Sixties is not as glamorous as it appears to be and both past and present begin to fall apart with horrifying consequences.
- Thomasin McKenzie as Eloise Turner, a young aspiring fashion designer who mysteriously travels through time to 1960s London.
- Anya Taylor-Joy as Sandie, a young singer in the 1960s whom Eloise idolizes and whose life she finds herself living.
- Matt Smith as Jack, a man with whom Sandie falls in love.
- Terence Stamp as the Silver Haired Gentleman, a man who takes a keen interest in Eloise.
- Michael Ajao as John, Eloise's friend.
- Diana Rigg as Miss Collins, the landlady of Eloise's apartment.
- Rita Tushingham as Peggy Turner, Eloise's grandmother.
- Jessie Mei Li as Lara
- Synnøve Karlsen as Jocasta
- Margaret Nolan
- Lisa McGrillis
- James and Oliver Phelps as Charles and Ben
In January 2019, Edgar Wright said he would next work on a London-set psychological horror film co-written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns. The film is said to be inspired by other British horror films, such as Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now and Roman Polanski's Repulsion, with Wright mentioning the film's use of time travel. Last Night in Soho was originally titled Red Light Area and then The Night Has a Thousand Eyes. The title originates from a 1968 hit single by the English pop band Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and a conversation Wright had with Quentin Tarantino, who himself was told by Allison Anders, that Last Night in Soho was the "best title music for a film that's never been made."
Wright first became aware of Anya Taylor-Joy when he served as a member of the U.S. Dramatic Jury at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where The Witch premiered. He met Taylor-Joy in Los Angeles shortly afterward, at which point he pitched her the story for Last Night in Soho. He initially had Taylor-Joy in mind for the role of Eloise but later came around to the idea of her playing Sandy, and she agreed after reading a draft of the script. Taylor-Joy's casting was officially announced in February 2019. Thomasin McKenzie and Matt Smith were cast shortly thereafter. McKenzie got Wright's attention with her "naturalistic performance" in the film Leave No Trace.
Diana Rigg, Terence Stamp, Rita Tushingham, Michael Ajao and Synnøve Karlsen rounded out the rest of the cast in June. Rigg died shortly after production had concluded, making Last Night in Soho her last film role. Wright said that he was filming with Rigg "right up until the end," describing working with her as "a beautiful experience." It is also the last film appearance of Margaret Nolan, who died in October 2020.
Filming began on 23 May 2019 and wrapped 30 August 2019. Wright posted several photos on his Instagram account showing that additional filming had commenced on 24 June 2020 and concluded on 5 August 2020.
Last Night in Soho had its world premiere at the 2021 Venice International Film Festival on 4 September 2021. It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2021 and at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival on 10 September 2021. It will hold its Los Angeles premiere at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on October 25, 2021, making it the first new film to premiere at the museum. It is scheduled to be released on 29 October 2021. It was originally scheduled to be released on 25 September 2020, but was delayed to 23 April 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, before being delayed again to October 22, then again to the following weekend.
On Oct. 20, 2021, Universal Pictures released a music video of Anya Taylor-Joy's performance of "Downtown" from the film's soundtrack. The video doubles as a trailer for the film, featuring scenes from the movie.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 70% based on 67 reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Although it struggles to maintain its thrilling early momentum, Last Night in Soho shows flashes of Edgar Wright at his most stylish and ambitious." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 67 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph gave the film a score of 4 out of 5 stars, describing it as "a riotous, rascally hybrid of a thing: part glittering love-letter to the disreputable nightlife district in which it takes place, part darting psychological thriller that rips up the letter as soon as it's written before tearfully torching the scraps." Xan Brooks of The Guardian gave the film a score of 4 out 5 stars, describing it as "a gaudy time-travel romp that whisks its modern-day heroine to a bygone London that probably never existed outside our fevered cultural imagination", and called it "thoroughly silly and stupidly enjoyable". David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter described the film as "immensely pleasurable" and said that it "delights in playing with genre, morphing from time-travel fantasy to dark fairy tale, from mystery to nightmarish horror".
Brad Wheeler of The Globe and Mail gave the film a score of 2.5 out of 4 stars, writing: "Though visually sumptuous and a bunch of fun early on, Edgar Wright's take on sixties and seventies horror eventually devolves into unsatisfying spoof." Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair was more critical of the film, describing it as a "clumsy horror pastiche" and writing: "Perhaps the film's thematic intentions are noble. But its execution is glib, never finding the right balance between compassion and leering." Robert Daniels of RogerEbert.com gave the film a score of 1.5/4 stars, writing that it "is funny and chaotic, slick and stylish, and falls apart in its confounding second half."
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