Last weekend the Venice International Film Festival saw the world premiere of Edgar Wright’s latest effort and, with the permission of his comedy hybrid Shaun of the Dead (2004), the first horror movie Last Night in Soho (2021). And, as expected, the reception was mostly positive. On Rotten Tomatoes it achieved an average rating of 7.2/10 mentioning that “although it struggles to maintain its thrilling early momentum, Last Night in Soho (2021) shows flashes of Edgar Wright at his most stylish and ambitious”. And I think that is exactly what all of us, Wright’s fans, are expecting.
The movie centers on a young girl, passionate about fashion design, who is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.
Last Night in Soho (2021) has been directed, produced, and co-written by Edgar Wright. Krysty Wilson-Cairns, nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay of 1917 (2019), is also the co-writer.
The main cast for the movie is formed by Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Rita Tushingham, Terence Stamp, Jessie Mei Li, Michael Ajao, Synnøve Karlsen, Margaret Nolan, Lisa McGrills, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, and former Bond Girl Diana Rigg, who starred as 007’s love interest in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) and also starred in popular TV series as Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones (2011–2019), and Emma Peel in The Avengers (1961–1969) before her passing on September 2020.
Tomorrow, Last Night in Soho (2021) will be part of the Toronto International Film Festival, and in October it will be present in BFI London Film Festival and Sitges Film Festival. The official theatrical release date is set for October 21 in Australia and Canada October 29 in the USA and the UK, and November 11 in Germany. Here you can watch its second official trailer.
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