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Last Night in Soho Movie Review

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A straight up horror thriller isn’t in the cards when Edgar Wright is involved so we get Last Night in Soho, a visually mesmerizing and constantly engrossing experience that blends genres and description, even if it ultimately feels more like a straight up horror thriller by the end.

Thomason McKenzie nails her role as a shy, aspiring fashion student who starts hallucinating that she is a beautiful young woman from London’s past (Anya Taylor-Joy), leading her down a path of terror and mystery. McKenzie is perfectly cast, as is Taylor-Joy, though as always with an Edgar Wright film, the real star is the chemical reaction he has concocted via a formula of time period music, cinematography and visual effects. With beautiful production design and an aesthetic that literally morphs and morphs again before your eyes, Last Night in Soho has a lot to like.

Less satisfying is that despite its cleverness, the movie ultimately becomes yet another horror movie about a woman consumed by visions, forcing her to spend much of her time looking like a crazy person and trying to convince others she isn’t one. It becomes a tad tedious and repetitive as the story progresses. Wright throws a semi-surprising reveal at the end, though even that can’t quite make you shake the feeling that despite all of its merits, Last Night in Soho isn’t quite as original as first appears.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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