Once November starts, everyone’s minds automatically shift to the holiday season. The holiday season is about spending time with loved ones and enjoying a much needed break from day to day life. Many companies, stores, and industries capitalize on this season. The entertainment business is no different. Movie producers start pumping out new seasonal works with hopes of them becoming instant classics. “Last Christmas” is one of the first of many rom-coms to drop this season. It hit theaters on Nov. 8, 2019. This movie stars Emilia Clarke, best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in “Game of Thrones,” and Henry Golding, best known for his role as Nick Young in “Crazy Rich Asians.” This was directed by Paul Feig who has hits like Bridesmaid under his belt.
Kate (Clarke) works at a year round Christmas shop in London, England as an elf. She absolutely hates her life and the direction in which it is going. She has problems with her family and keeping friends. She meets Tom (Golding) randomly on the street. He’s a good person and often can be found lending a helping hand to those in need. Overtime, Tom’s actions rub off on Kate and she starts to become a better person. She wants to do better not only for others, but for herself as well.
This movie features music exclusively by the late and great George Michael, which was a nice touch and added depth to certain scenes. It was almost like Michael was a character in the movie. London at Christmas time is a beautiful backdrop for this modern take on a holiday rom-com.
This movie gets three and a half out of five stars. The chemistry between Kate (Clarke) and Tom (Golding) is down right believable. This has all the trappings of a potential Christmas classic, but it missed the mark on some aspects. It was cliche and cheesy throughout the movie. There is a surprise twist, but the audience can figure it out long before it happens towards the end. This premise has been done time and time again. This is just with new faces and a different setting.
Overall, this is a feel good movie that leaves the audience feeling grateful for life and the people they have in it. It captured the essence of the holiday season perfectly and is worth a watch.