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Last Night In Soho 4K UHD Review

“Last Night In Soho” goes off the rails.

Directed by Edgar Wright and written by Wright and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, “Last Night In Soho” begins in the present day and focuses on the character of Eloise who is heading to London to pursue a career in fashion design. Eloise is obsessed with the swinging 60’s and has trouble fitting in with her peers. She decides to move in to a place owned by Ms. Collins and this is where things start getting weird for her. She begins to have dreams of visions back in the 60’s of an aspiring singer (Sandie) whose dreams don’t quite pan out. Through her possibly paranormal experiences, Eloise believes a man named Jack may have killed Sandie in the past and she decides to seek him out in the present. Eloise soon discovers though that the real truth is more shocking than she knows.

There’s no denying that Edgar Wright is a talented filmmaker. Not only is he a lover of cinema (which shows in his work), but he brings a style all his own to the film world. Sometimes though his ambitions and style overshadow his storytelling and that’s very much the case with “Last Night In Soho.”

“Last Night In Soho” feels like a film with an identity crisis. It’s clearly inspired by the likes of Italian horror, Alfred Hitchcock thrillers, 60’s cinema with shades of “Midnight In Paris.” It’s also clear Wright is all about mixing genres here as his story is filled with ghosts, nostalgia, psychological horror, reflections, and time. The problem is Wright can’t seem to make up his mind about what he wants this movie to be both tonally and story wise. Moreover, the more you think about the story the less sense it makes. This is especially apparent in the ridiculous final act. Favoring M. Night Shyalaman esque twists and turns over coherency isn’t the way to go.

Say what you will about the movie itself, but the cast is stacked with talent that includes Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Terence Stamp, and Diana Rigg. Everyone excels in their part here with rising star Anya Taylor-Joy having the best role as the mysterious Sandie. Diana Rigg also impresses in her final role. No spoilers as to what that is though.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p. How does it look? The 4K transfer doesn’t disappoint. The dazzling array of colors really pop in 2160p.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? Come on, it’s Atmos. You know it delivers (especially when it comes to the soundtrack).

Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* Universal trailers and domestic and international trailers for “Last Night In Soho.”
* Commentary by Edgar Wright, Paul Machliss and Steve Price.
* A “Downtown” music video.
* 4 animatic sequences.
* An Extras section that contains hair and makeup tests, lighting and VFX tests, wide angle witness cam, action town hall steadicam rehearsal and steadicam alternative take.
* 6 deleted scenes
* “Time Traveling”- Edgar Wright talks about the 60’s, music, sets, and period recreation.
* “On The Streets Of Soho”- A featurette on location shooting in Soho.
* “Smoke And Mirrors”- A featurette about the use of colors.
* “Meet Eloise”- A featurette on the main character.
* “Dreaming Of Sandie”- Another featurette. This one covers the character of sandie.

January 31, 2022 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , ,

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