TIFF 2021: “Last Night in Soho”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

With so many films coming out this year, we never know which one is good and which one will disappoint us. In certain cases, it hurts when you anticipate bigger but get less than that. Because the director either fails to convey the message, actors were not in sync, or the story itself was not convincing. The great news is, with Edgar Wright’s “Last Night in Soho”, you don’t have to worry about any of that.

Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie) just got admitted to the UAL, London Art School of Fashion. She wants to fulfil her dream, so eagerly travels to the old city. “London is everything”, warns Eloise’s grandmother. And she was right. As soon as she moves into the room in Soho, she begins to have a vision from the past, taking her straight to the 60s where she sees a young woman named Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy), which she begins to use as her muse for her fashion designing. However, what begins as an innocent trip to the past turns into a psychological nightmarish journey, from where it’s not easy to come out completely sane.

“Last Night in Soho” uses all the elements of present and past so vividly, and it’s so touching, it will transcend you throughout. Whether it’s the colors, madness, exciting lifestyle and the performances of Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy or Dame Diana Rigg or Matt Smith, the horror of the past trauma, dark secrets and the danger of nightlife will intersect to drive Eloise literally insane. But once the visions get clearer and Eloise begins to realize the severity of what she sees, she begins to look for signs from the present life, with the outcome of it shocking you.

Visually, “Last Night in Soho” is stunning. In short, it’s a gorgeous film that has all the elements of a thriller, drama and horror combined so cleverly, you don’t have to worry about the next scene because it will be new, refreshing and not repetitive. If there is a film you would like to call perfect, then do not hesitate about this one. Because Edgar Wright delivers a masterpiece, the year’s best film so far, you must not miss it under any circumstance. There are so many details I could point but I will leave it up to you to catch them; this truly atmospheric and visually rich piece of art is worth seeing millions of times.

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