Director Edgar Wright often mixes action and humor. His latest film, Last Night in Soho, has some laughs, but he shifts his directing style in a terrifying way. Last Night in Soho is a grand spectacle, with surrealism and terror mixed with mystery and horror.
Last Night in Soho introduces us to London School of Design student Eloise Turner, played by Thomasin McKenzie. Eloise is living her dream until she has roommate issues that force her to move to a new place. At her new flat she begins dreaming of a 60s jazz singer named Sandie, played by Anya Taylor-Joy. A guy named Jack, played by Matt Smith, is also in the dream.
At first Eloise loves these nostalgic dreams of Sandie and Jack, but as they continue they become dark and disturbing, and Eloise begins to have waking visions that are also disturbing. Eloise tries to investigate why she is having these dreams and apparitions, and her investigations lead her to some real life terrifying situations.
Last Night in Soho is entertaining with its twists and mysteries. It has some interesting cinematography and lighting, with faded elements of red during Eloise’s flashbacks that signal impending darkness. The film almost felt David Lynchian at times.
This film is definitely a new direction for Edgar Wright. I loved many of his previous films, including Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World (2010). This one was certainly different, with Wright diving into horror with a retro outlook, but still a few laughs. Three and a half stars for Last Night in Soho.