(REVIEW) Last Night in Soho (2021)


Anya Taylor-Joy can be said to be one of the rising actresses in the last few years. After the success of The Queen’s Gambit series last year, in 2021, Anya Taylor-Joy is starring in the latest film entitled Last Night in Soho. This film was directed by Edgar Wright who previously successfully directed the zombie films Shaun of the Dead (2004) to Baby Driver (2017).

Synopsis Last Night in Soho tells the story of Eloise “Ellie” Turner (Thomasin Mckenzie), a student majoring in fashion design who is passionate about all things 1960s era. Interestingly, Ellie can mysteriously live the life of an aspiring singer named Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy) who lives in the 1960s. Unfortunately, it actually brought Ellie into a dark and terrible situation.

Film Last Night in Soho opened with Ellie Turner from a village in the UK who have to move to London. He had to live in a dormitory because he was accepted as a student majoring in fashion design at a model school. However, because she felt uncomfortable in the hostel, Ellie finally chose to live alone in a boarding house owned by a woman named Mrs. Collins (Diana Rigg).

Interestingly, since the first time living in the boarding houses, Ellie began to have dreams; live life as an aspiring singer named Sandie who lives in the 1960s. Incidentally, Ellie is fond of all things 1960s era. He also really liked the mysterious incident that happened to him. Moreover, the dream actually inspired Ellie to design clothes at her school.

However, the more often Ellie experiences these dreams, the more she witnesses the dark and terrifying side of Sandie’s life. He suspected it really happened in the real world. Ellie becomes stressed because she begins to be unable to distinguish Sandie’s life from reality.

If you watch this film without watching the trailer or synopsis at all, you might think that Last Night in Soho is a 1960s-themed fantasy film with a glamorous concept at the beginning. However, as the story progresses, you will definitely realize that Last Night in Soho is a psychological-horror genre film.

Ellie’s reality will also be an exciting question that makes you curious. Moreover, there are many mindblowing plot twists in this film that will make your theories throughout the film refuted. KINCIR is also a bit difficult to explain further the storyline of the film without giving spoilers . So, you better just watch the film in theaters!

The main attraction of this film lies in the performance of Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy as the main characters. They successfully portrayed their respective characters perfectly. McKenzie manages to give off a clumsy aura as an introverted student who is new to the outside world. On the other hand, Taylor-Joy succeeded in giving a glamorous and mysterious impression as an entertainer from the 1960s era.

In addition, McKenzie’s acting which reflects Anya Taylor-Joy’s style after her character has begun to be influenced by Sandie’s lifestyle from her dream also deserves attention. Broadly speaking, both of them are suitable as their respective characters. Of course, they also managed to steal the attention of the audience throughout the film.

Apart from Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy, a number of other actors also managed to give brilliant performances as their characters, including Matt Smith and the late Diana Rigg. Well, it’s better to watch it, so that KINCIR doesn’t have a spoiler , okay!

It must be admitted, Edgar Wright succeeded in stealing the audience’s attention through his directing style in Last Night in Soho . Wright’s shooting technique in a number of scenes in this film is arguably very genius, especially every “mirror” moment between Ellie and Sandie. In addition, Wright also succeeded in bringing the atmosphere of the 1960s through a unique color combination with that era, especially in the red light district .

The cinematography was also made even more perfect with a soundtrack in the form of music from the 1960s which of course made the atmosphere from that period more real. The choice of 1960s songs that became the soundtrack of this film also feels right with the concept of the film which is glamorous, but full of mystery. Including the song “Downtown” sung by Anya Taylor-Joy with a tone full of mystery.