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Last Night in Soho

Definitely something to see in a cinema setting while it’s around, if for nothing else just to make the most of the sound design. I felt a lot of different things during this, most of it being good. This is a case of something that does the really hard stuff really well, but the not so hard stuff not so well. 

In terms of the good stuff – it captured the feeling of Soho brilliantly. Growing up, I spent a lot of time in Central London and most of that time was in music venues. The 60s is long before my time but I almost felt like what I was watching was my own memories, just in a different decade. One thing I’m constantly disappointed by in modern horrors is a lack of willing to show the good times before everything goes wrong, but this wasn’t afraid to dive into them and stay there for a good chunk of the film. 

The bad – I found a lot of the narrative quite messy. The main character has some kind of power, but what it specifically entails is never fully addressed, and it seems to change depending on what the plot needs it to be. Some characters are introduced just to serve a purpose to the main character’s journey and little else. There are a lot of times too where characters are given an inhuman amount of goodwill after having done some very questionable things, again for little reason other than that’s what the plot needed to happen in order to move swiftly on. Given an extra hour or so to explore a few things in more depth, this could’ve been a masterpiece.

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