Last Night in Soho

Last Night in Soho ★★★★½

Another recent film I don't really know how to describe. Whilst I'm told the second half wasn't what was expected or promised, I can't say I fully agree or understand. Personally, I couldn't tell you what I was expecting and what I thought I was promised; honestly I was trying not to think about it, and come in excited to find out what it was, and what it all meant.

What I got was an explosion of pop-art colours, incredible cinematography, brilliant acting, and style bleeding out of every frame, a film that could maybe be accused of being so drenched in it's art-horror influences that it loses a sense of identity and uniqueness that Wright brings to his other work, but I don't know, it's still got his dry, visual sense of humour, whip pans, incredible transitions, and minus the lack of comedy, still feels very Edgar Wright. Playing it straight, but still full to the brim with...not fun, but entertainment. I wouldn't call this movie fun, it seems somewhat wrong to say that about a movie with these sorts of themes.

This is a film about trauma, and how it spreads, and how we share it, and I can't really discuss the extent of it, because I'm tired and somewhat blown away. So yeah, would recommend, I'd love to watch it again and properly process it! But for now, most of my mindspace is dedicated to the filmmaking, the smoothness of the editing, the wonderfully detailed and personality-filled set design, the horror aspects themselves have a rather unclear 'how and why?' But hell if I care, because I think I get what it's about, I think I get what it means, and even if I don't, the electrictity, the energy, the themes of this film adds up. I don't know if it's Wright's best, (though I'd be lying if it didn't hit me in the feels a lot) but it's genuineness, it's anger and it's craftsmanship just adds up to one of my favourites of the year.

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