Last Night in Soho (2021)
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The Coke friend she had has that blank 2D character trait of helping her wayyy too much for her just being a complete stranger. He goes way out of his way to be by her side. Like a comical amount
Edgar Wright programmed some recommendations on the Criterion Channel's "Adventures in Moviegoing" series recently, and they are obviously a list of inspirations for Last Night in Soho, none more so than the trashy youthquake flick Beat Girl which is almost its 60s sequences' decoder key. I recommend the double bill. Though it is less rousing than past efforts for not being a comedy, Soho will still benefit from repeat viewings just like the rest of Wright's filmography. Also possibly, subtitles, as there are an awful lot of mumblers with accents that kept me from fully engaging in the first act. Is Ellie (Thomasin McKenzie) dreaming of the 1960s, psychically time traveling, or being haunted? The eventual answers may change how you interpret dialog and imagery on a second go, though the movie is a good example of how twists and reveals can be polarizing. Depending on the audience member, could go either way, but I think once you go with it, the consequent resolutions are excellent. Ellie's interactions with Sandy (Anna Taylor-Joy who could have been a 60s icon, not unlike a couple of the older actors here, well cast) are my favorite part of the film, a great use of dream logic and technically beautiful. I suspect whatever mild disappointments one has with this one will evaporate over time...
—Tell Ellie. I want her to know it was me...
<3 RIP Dame Diana Rigg <3
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