Last Night in Soho

Last Night in Soho ★★★½

With Last Night in Soho Wright has made an energetic and vibrant love letter to the 60s, employing ingenious storytelling to gradually sink into darker, unnerving territory, making both mental illness and the abuse of women its key themes. It’s a more matured turn by the director known for cheap laughs, but the final product still feels a bit flat in places, with the signature gore style characteristic of Wright’s oeuvre used during the film’s climax failing to do the plot justice. Taylor-Joy and Smith give exactly the right energy, but McKenzie has to play the whispering, big-eyed victim a bit too heavily. The infectious music, grand 60s London scenery, gorgeous wardrobe and fitting use of horror cgi help make this an entertaining, but fleeting film.