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Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, Rita Tushingham, Terence Stamp, Jessie Mei Li, Michael Ajao, Synnøve Karlsen, Lisa McGrills, Margaret Nolan
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Psychological thriller directed and co-written by Edgar Wright. Last Night in Soho (2021) focuses on Eloise (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), an aspiring fashion designer, who mysteriously is able to enter 1960s London, where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer, Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy). But soon she begins to realize that the glamour is not all it appears to be, and the past and present seem to fall apart with shady and horrifying consequences.
Peggy: [referring to Eloise going to London] You’ve got to be careful. There’s lots of bad people. They’re bad apples!
Eloise: I’m scrappy. I can take them.
Peggy: I’m just saying, London can be a lot. It was too much for your mum, perhaps, and she didn’t have your gift.
Eloise: My gift?
Peggy: She didn’t feel things. See things like you do. I worry you’ll get all overwhelmed again.
Taxi Driver: First time?
Eloise: I visited once with my mum, but I was small. It looks so different now.
Taxi Driver: It changes fast, alright. But don’t you worry, love. It’s still the same old London underneath.
Eloise: [referring to the name label] Did they spell your surname wrong or something?
Jocasta: Oh, no, I’ve just decided to drop it because I feel like it’s way more singular to be known by just your Christian name. You know, like so famous in your work that you can actually just go by Kylie.
Jocasta: Okay. Bad example. But how many Jocastas do you know?
Cami: So you guys know each other from before?
Jocasta: Oh, yeah. We go way back. What is it, like fifteen minutes?
Eloise: Yeah, something like that.
Jocasta: We’re in the Dead Mums Club.
Jocasta: [Eloise overhears the girls talking about her] She’s such a code beige, I’m getting these like born-again Christian vibes off her.
Cami: Who, Country Mouse?
Jocasta: She comes to her first day at LCF wearing clothes she f***ing made.
Ashley: Yeah, that was a bit much.
Jocasta: Bringing up her mum’s suicide. I’m sorry, but like who the f*** does that for attention?
Lara: Yeah, right.
Ashley: She’s a bit weird.
Jocasta: She’s a lot f***ing weird. I’d lay bets on her slashing her wrists before Christmas.
Ms. Collins: Room is on the top floor. I have a few rules. Don’t take smokers.
Eloise: I don’t smoke.
Ms. Collins: No male visitors after eight o’clock.
Eloise: Not a problem.
Ms. Collins: And no using the laundry room at night. It rattles right through to mine.
Eloise: I don’t do laundry.
Ms. Collins: Hey?
Eloise: I mean, I don’t do night time laundry. I do do laundry. I’m very clean.
Ms. Collins: Good.
Ms. Collins: I used to work here, cleaning and such, back when round here was a bad spot. I bought it for buttons off the old owner.
Eloise: Must be worth a lot now.
Ms. Collins: Oh, I could never sell it. Too many memories.
Eloise: If I could live any place and any time, I’d live here, in London in the ’60s. It must have felt like the center of the universe.
'This is London. Someone's died in every room, in every building, in this whole city. Every street corner too.' - Ms. Collins (Last Night in Soho) Click To Tweet
Ms. Collins: You’re not in any trouble, are you?
Eloise: No. No, I just need an escape.
Ms. Collins: Oh, don’t we all, deary.
Jack: [after Elloise is transported to the 1960s] Well, hello there.
Sandie: The bar tender said I should get to know the handsome fella standing next to Cilla Black.
Jack: You should. And you are?
Sandie: The next Cilla Black.
Jack: Are you now? Well, you know, she started out as a coat check girl. You willing to work your way up?
Sandie: Of course.
Jack: So what do you do, Sandie?
Sandie: Well, I sing, of course.
Jack: How’s your dancing?
Sandie: Care for a demonstration?
Sandie: [as they’re dancing] Your thoughts?
Jack: You’re already a star. But you could be an old lady before you get onstage here.
Jack: Least I can do is drive you home.
Sandie: Oh, what’s the most?
Jack: Being here with all these lights shining on you, it’s the closest most people ever get to being onstage. You know, to their dreams.
Sandie: Not me.
Jack: Not you. I can see you want it.
Sandie: More than anything.
Jack: Well, this is just a taste of things to come, Sandie.
Jack: So, I’ll see you again?
Sandie: I hope so.
Jack: Tomorrow, 8:00 PM?
Sandie: You know where to find me.
Eloise: There’s just something about the ’60s that speaks to me.
Jack: [as Eloise is back in the ’60’s again] I’m sorry I’m a little late.
Sandie: “A little” doesn’t quite cover it.
Jack: I’ve got a feeling you’ll forgive me.
'I'm not going to prison. I've been in a prison all my life.' - Ms. Collins (Last Night in Soho) Click To Tweet
Sandie: [after her auditions at a Soho nightclub] It’s perfect, Jack. Thank you.
Jack: Well, like I said, least I can do.
Sandie: Much better than being a coat check girl. And we all have to start somewhere.
Jack: Indeed, we do.
Jack: Anything else you need?
Sandie: A manager. Know anyone?
Jack: I think I can manage you.
Sandie: [as they’re about to sleep together] Just as long as you’re in it for the long run.
Jack: Sandie, I’m with you till the end.
Peggy: [after Eloise dyes her hair blonde] I’m just glad you’re finding yourself in London, Eloise.
Eloise: Gran, it’s everything I ever dreamed of.
Ms. Tobin: So, you imagine the wearer when you’re designing?
Eloise: When I see someone in it, when I imagine it, she’s wearing the dress. The dress isn’t wearing her.