Last Night In Solo, 5*****
Running Time: 117 Minutes
Review: Matthew Alicoon, Friday 29th October 2021
Last Night In Solo follows a young aspiring fashion designer Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie) finds herself transported back in time to 1966 London where she finds herself in the body of the singer Sandie (Anya-Taylor Joy). However, what has happened in the past is now becoming something darker.
Last Night In Soho is a marvellous achievement. Edgar Wright’s masterful direction paves the way for such an engaging, exciting and immersive viewing experience. The camera work in this is remarkable with how brilliantly shot some of the sequences were, they felt flawless especially when you question how did they get this shot?
It is such a different film from what Edgar Wright has done up until this point, so it was great to see such a change in style and tone here. The 1966 London world feels stylistic and authentic to watch. It was easy to get hooked into the world quickly. The cinematography by Chung-hoon Chung is stunning to watch. The soundtrack is addictive and arguably one of the best to a film released this year.
What the film establishes itself so well from the start is that it is a character led drama. There was so much investment had in Eloise and Sandie’s stories. However, the film utilises the supporting characters such as Matt Smith’s and Terrence Stamp’s characters to the point where every character has a pivotal role in the film. Every performer here is at the top of the game. However, Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy were the standouts they had such a compelling on-screen dynamic.
The story itself is so interesting and fascinating. It was hard to predict how the film was going to play out, as the trailers never gave too much away.
The beauty of Last Night In Soho comes from the many different emotions the film can provoke. At times the film is a great horror film but it also has a lot of heart as well as realism to the time period.
Last Night In Soho is simply a brilliant film with an engrossing story. Every aspect of this film had so much care into it. Edgar Wright once again maintains his consistency as a director.
Thomasin McKenzie as Eloise
Anya Taylor-Joy as Sandie
Matt Smith as Jack
Terence Stamp as The Silver Haired Gentleman