Last Night in Soho

Last Night in Soho ★★★★★

Where to even begin.

Okay, so as a recently I realised that I had always gone into an Edgar Wright Film completely blind. I had no idea what any of the cornetto trilogy was about (Although Shaun of the Dead wasn't particularly hard to decifer), knew nothing about Scott Pilgrim nor had ever seen a trailer for Baby Driver (Which I ended up watching a whole year after release too).

The moment I first heard of this film, the moment I saw that one poster, I knew fully well I had to go into this film completely blind. And my fucking god was it worth it. It feels incredibly refreshing to go into a film with absolutely zero expectations.

Just going to say before I really go deep into this review, this film couldn't have come at a better time. Its a film that really hit me deeply on a personal level and that's why it's resonated so well with me. It's why it's now my 4th favourite film of all time.

And before I get into the technical aspects, I actually wanted to discuss the themes and messages. Unfortunately, what the main character Ellie goes through is what pretty much all women suffer through throughout the world. It's unsettling and heartbreaking that that's the reality we live in. And whilst I personally don't experience this, Ellie reminds me so much of one of my friends, it really hurts to know this happens/will happen to her at some point in her life and the life of many of my friends.

This film is also a huge analogy for mental health in young people. Nearly everyone I know in my college suffers from either depression or anxiety and this film goes really deep into those feelings.

And now, for the technical side. Let's start off simple.

The aesthetics. This film is gorgeous from start to finish. The colours, especially the harsh reds and blues dominate your senses with pure awe. The Director of Photography, Chung Chung-Hoon, carries over his brilliant use of strong contrasting colours of neon nightlife with dull daytimes (which represents how much more "alive" the nighttimes are) which were very prominent in his earlier work of the original Oldboy. Also this film gets super fucking creative. Like Holy shit, there's some shots that absolutely blow my mind.

The camerawork and editing, still carries that Edgar Wright flare, working hand in hand together. As per usual, Edgar Wrights montage style of storytelling and editing is prominent, although its not as outlandish or noticeable as his earlier work, but it suits this film way more. This film isn't attempting to be an in-your-face action homage, so the much calmer editing really helps, which only makes the actual in-your-face horror scenes far more impactful.

I'm gonna say it. I prefer the music in this film than Baby Driver. Which is absurd considering baby driver was made around the music but I don't even know, this film just has a banger score.

The sound design is special. I don't really know what to say, it just amplifies the horror....so lets talk about that.

THE HORROR.

So I've watched alot of horror films in the past year and nearly all of them have dissatisfied me. Slashers are cool but I don't find them particularly scary. They're very repetitive and often stick to an easy and recognisable formula. Torture porn is more gross than scary.

Found footage films like Cloverfield and Blair Witch Project really did a fantastic job at horror for me, using sound and uncertainty in camera movement that genuinely frightened me at points.

The lighthouse, being one of my favourite films ever, kept me in constant suspense and had wonderful psych horror. Eraserhead too, it fills you with a constant uneasy dread that makes you want to look away. At this point, I think I understand that psychological horror is one of the more effective ways to scare me.

Last Night In Soho really makes you feel how much of an actual horror anxiety is. It twists your mind with uncertainty and fills your entire body with a certain dread that I can't quite describe. This film picks you up with this amazingly high feeling and then sinks you to the very bottom(amplified by the sound design and music). There was genuinely a moment where I felt the character was finally safe for a little while and it made me cry knowing that there's finally a break from the incredibly intense moments.

The characters.

I absolutely loved Ellie as a protagonist, shes relatable and captures the fear of new life, and again she reminds me of one of my friends.

One of the characters I surprisingly enjoyed was Jocasta. We all know someone like her. Stuck up popular bitch. But by the end of the film i kinda started thinking that she's more complex than what she may seem to be.

John was a comfort character for me. His presence genuinely made me feel safe, especially when he was with Ellie.

Now I've only seen matt smith as the 11th Doctor, but he absolutely slaughters this performance. His character is really fantastic.

Conclusion??

Now, this film gets alot of mixed reviews. Its a very divisive film, and I think its due to Edgar Wrights earlier work. I also believe my enjoyment of this film stemmed from not seeing any of the promotional material prior.

Watch this film, form your own opinion, but for me, it's really one of the best films I've ever experienced.

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