I saw this on release day in Germany in the original language version—because Baby Driver, also directed by Edgar Wright, is one of my all-time favorite movies—and it did not disappoint. I will surely be listening to the soundtrack on repeat for the next couple of weeks.
Don’t go in expecting raw horror; it’s not that. That’s where the voices critiquing a slow-burning start come from. If I had to slap a genre on it, then that would be drama. I absolutely loved the beginning, which leans heavily on coming-of-age leaving-the-nest themes. It tells a lot of truths about those topics and I could relate strongly. Those themes are related to what it says about nostalgia, so let’s get into the story a bit.
Eloise Turner goes to London to become a fashion designer. Turner—I see what you did there, Mr. Wright. She’s obsessed with the image of 60s London from records and Audrey Hepburn movies. So when she gets there, obviously, it is nothing like that.
I’m not getting into the main part of the story; I like going in blind myself. But let me say this: a while into after the horror elements start, I got tired of the…let me call it “monster”. The CGI depiction, you’ll know what I mean when you get there, is overused and frankly not scary. Perhaps it shows that this is Wrights first horror film.
Apart from that, he got horror right. I’m of the opinion that horror is best when the core of the horrific is real. And the horror in this film is, or it was in the 60s for sure. I don’t think the ending is messy, as some critics say. I liked the story and was satisfied with the conclusion. As usual for an Edgar Wright film, the camera work is one of a kind and the soundtrack is just as artfully used as in Baby Driver.
I’m looking forward to the VOD release, so I can rewatch it with subtitles and pick out every little detail.