Run time: 117 mins
Edgar Wright takes a grab-bag of 1960s ingredients, paints them up and makes them dance to his tune in this gorgeous fever-dream.
Thomasin McKenzie stars as Eloise, a fashion designer with an invitation to live out her dreams by studying in London. After quickly discovering that everyone in her dorm is unbearable, she decamps to the attic studio owned by lovably doddery Miss Collins (Diana Rigg, in her final performance) who appears to cherish Eloise’s wide-eyed innocence.
It is then that our heroine begins to experience lucid nighttime visions that transport her back to the 60s. During these sequences she slips into the body of the vogueish singer/dancer Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy). She’s taking nocturnal whirls of old-time Leicester Square, where a glamourous cinema is always showing Thunderball. Yet as the nights tick on and Sandie’s story unfurls, her visions descend into an inescapable nightmare.
Wright’s slick film relies heavily on the hoary whodunit clichés that are baked into the DNA of the giallo genre (a string of Italian thrillers with glove wearing murderers), and doing so delivers a lurid, pulpy thriller. (Jack Whiting)