‘Last Night in Soho’ is a cry for better horror movies

“Last Night in Soho,” is new to theaters and presents an exciting concept for viewers to follow. The American psychological and horror film takes the meaning of a nightmare to another level. The film was directed by Edgar Wright, most known for his work on “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and for his unique, creative indie movie ideas. 

“Last Night in Soho” is an intense, fast paced film about a young girl named Ellie, played by Thomasin Mckenzie, a bright but naive fashion student. Ellie is passionate about her dream of becoming a famous fashion designer, so she moves to one of the biggest fashion capitals of the world, London. But as she arrives, she gets caught in a web of secrets that is much bigger than her and her dreams turn into nightmares. Ultimately, this is a twisted ghost story that, strangely, is less scary and more supernatural and weirdly glamorous. 

The movie takes place in the ‘60s and tries hard to capture the retro era while still trying to be delightfully modern. But in the end, nothing about this movie felt vintage to me. The film heavily relies on telling us the story, instead of letting viewers figure it out for themselves. 

That being said, “Last Night in Soho” does still employ use of vivid imagery to achieve the look and feel of a different time as producers use cinematography and sneak in many references to older and better movies.  

Though the film is supposed to be a horror flick, it wasn’t scary at all. But for what it lacked in thrills, the film did make up for it in style. 

Costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux does a splendid job working on period pieces and making things look believable. This is actually the only thing that makes viewers feel like they are watching a movie set in the ’60s.  

“Last Night in Soho” is a great concept, but producers just could not deliver on it. The movie’s storyline takes a back seat to the big theatrics that were advertised and shoved in people’s faces. There was no clear direction or focus beyond the first part of the film. This lack of attention to detail ruined the movie for me, no doubt. But maybe it won’t be as terrible for other viewers.  

Although this movie was bad, it was far from the worst. It started out super strong but soon lost its luster. “Last Night in Soho” was good, but just not good enough. 

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