Movie Review: Last Night in Soho (2021)

Synopsis: Ellie, an aspiring fashion designer attending school in London, has a 6th sense that allows her to sometimes see her deceased mother. Bullied by the other women in her dorm, Ellie decides to rent a room from the elderly Ms. Collins and, while sleeping, begins to have visions of Sandy, a singer and former tenant from the 1960s. Inspired by Sandy's seemingly glamorous life, Ellie changes her appearance to look like her and uses Sandy as her inspiration when designing her clothes. However, as her visions continue, she realizes Sandy's life wasn't what it first seemed and, as the apparitions seem to follow her throughout London, she becomes convinced Sandy was murdered and her killer is still out there.

Who's in it? The movie stars Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg and Michael Ajao.

Review: I came across this movie at our local library last week and, even though I had heard of it, didn't know a whole lot about it. I decided to check it out and my wife and I finally watched it last night. It ended up being a whole lot better than I thought it would be.

As I've said multiple times before, I love a good mystery and this movie fit perfectly into that genre. Not only did the movie make me wonder what happened to Sandy (Taylor-Joy) and the man who sold her into prostitution (Smith), Ellie's (McKenzie) visions made me wonder if there wasn't something more going on. After all, there were some clues, ranging from the hickey on her neck to her being recognized by random people on the street, that seemed to indicate she wasn't just witnessing history, she might have actually traveled back in time.

The fact her deceased mother suffered from mental illness also played a role in this film. Was Ellie really seeing visions of the past, or was she suffering from the same issues that led to her mother's suicide? At minimum, her mental state from constantly seeing spirits did add a bit of a wild card, especially when she started to turn a bit violent and almost killed a classmate.

My wife and I both loved the surprise twist at the end of this movie, which was not at all what we were expecting. It was an amazing reveal followed by quite a bit of action and suspense and was a great way to end what had been a fun film to watch, though it might have been slightly better if the movie would have shown how she explained all of it to the authorities.

Final Opinion: This is a surprisingly good movie with some memorable, artistic, filmmaking and a great plot/mystery. It's worth taking the time to watch it.

My Grade: A


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