Last Night in Soho’s early reviews in Venice praise key performances and Edgar Wright’s technical filmmaking, but criticize the pace and structure.
Following the world premiere of the Venice International Film Festival, the first reviews of Edgar Wright’s new psychological thriller Last night in Soho has begun to seep in. Co-written by 1917s Krysty Wilson-Cairns, the film plays Thomasin McKenzie as aspiring fashion designer Eloise, who finds out she has the ability to transport herself back to 1960s London in the body of her idol, wannabe singer Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy). Eloise, however, quickly finds out that the glitter and glamor of the 1960s are not all they seem, and past and present begin to cross each other in dark and horrible ways.
Set to premiere on October 29 after many delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Last night in Soho first takes a tour of various film festivals, including Venice, Toronto and the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival. The film marks Wright’s seventh feature and his first since 2017 Baby driver. The director is known for his creativity and versatility, working across different genres, often creating pastiches of them while doing so. However, Last night in Soho marks his first true psychological thriller, and many have been curious to see if the director can deliver.
The first reviews have started to appear online since Last night in Soho’s premiere last night. At the time of writing, the film has a 73% rating of Rotten tomatoes across 15 reviews. The majority are positive and praise both Wright’s technical filmmaking skills and tribute to the 1960s as well as performances from both McKenzie and Taylor-Joy. Others, however, have been less positive, criticizing the pace and narrative structure that seriously held the film back. See what the critics have to say below:
Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
“Wright is both a gifted stylist and technician, and Soho moves as smoothly as a Maglev train, gliding on an invisible cushion of his own meticulous craftsmanship.”
Nicholas Barber, Indiewire
“Not all jokes are brand new, and not all plans are up for inspection, but the skill with which Wright navigates between tones and time periods is unique.”
Glenn Kenny, Roger Ebert
“I Fell Hard for” Last Night in Soho. “It’s a wonderful, true horror film that also manages to say something genuine – without trying to ‘elevate’ the genre.”
Jason Solomons, The cover
“Mixed glorious pastiche and ghost story, director Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night in Soho’ will stand as one of the best London films of the new decade.”
Xan Brooks, The guardian
“Wright’s film is corny and light, like a three-minute pop song, meaning it is corny and light in the most pleasant sense; driven by a shrill youthful longing and builds towards a great breakthrough or a disgusting collapse, whichever that falls in taste when the last verse comes. “
David Rooney, THR
“Last Night in Soho” is an extremely enjoyable film that delights in playing with genres ranging from fantasy to time travel to dark adventure, from mystery to nightmarish horror in a climax that owes just as much to the British horror award of the 60s than more contemporary thinking. “
Geoffrey Macnab, The independent
“This is an uneven film with an awkward, awkward narrative structure. It’s hard not to wish Wright had made an entire film that played itself out in the 60s Soho rather than one that pays homage to it through today’s prism.”
David Jenkins, Little white lies
“The film is best when you hold back details and form fine character details, but the intensity increases way too soon, and it gets harder and harder to take the plot seriously or build an emotional connection with its climatic revelations.”
Guy Lodge, Variety
“Last night in Soho is a surprising misfire, all the more disappointing for being made with such tangible care and conviction.”
One of the main points of disagreement among critics seems to be Wright’s frequent references to the 1960s. As mentioned, such things are often a trademark aspect of Wright’s film style, so it’s interesting to hear that things have potentially been taken too far here. Still, even the more negative reviews have been praised Last night in Soho’s technical qualities, which suggests that a great deal of competence underlies what might otherwise be a film that stumbles at its pace.
Either way, it certainly seems like Last night in Soho will satisfy the director’s most eager fans. Consensus, however, is mostly positive, and while the film may not be for everyone, this perception may change drastically as it goes around at other film festivals in the coming weeks. It is also possible that the public perception will be radically different from the critical and with Last night in SohoThe wide release is still several weeks away and fans will just have to wait a little longer to make up their own opinions about the film.
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- Last Night in Soho (2021)Release Date: October 22, 2021
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