Last Night in Soho

Last Night in Soho ★★★


Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho is just a pretty face I’m afraid. The director is at his most stylish yet. The soundtrack compliments the film so well it is almost like it is another character in the story. Whereas Cruella’s use of 60s songs felt forced and out of place, Last Night in Soho utilizes songs in a way that makes for a much more immersive experience and tells us a bit more about the characters. The use of colors, lighting, camera angles, set design, costume, sharp editing make for a visual treat but besides that I believe this to be a case of all style no substance.

One of the problems I had with this film was the blending of genres, which in my opinion, don’t work all that well. I felt that the tone was all over the place and that also affected the narrative. The film is somewhat ambitious but it doesn’t really stick the landing, it tries to be too many things at once. There were times where I thought to myself “What is the point this movie is trying to make?” 

The critique it is trying to make is very surface level. It could’ve been a much more interesting and original approach but the focus on it takes a back seat in order for the horror elements to take place. There were some decisions in the narrative that I wasn’t a fan of and the ending didn’t work for me. 

Despite this being an overall negative review of the film I did have a bit of fun at the theater even with the problems it had.

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