review by Bobby Blakey
Paul Feig is one of those filmmakers that brings a special energy to his variety of projects including Bridesmaids, Spy, Ghostbusters and A Simple Favor. Now he is bringing his style to the romantic comedy for Last Christmas starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh and Emma Thompson who also wrote the film based on the music of George Michael. Could this film bring something new to the genre or will it fail to have the heart it needs?
Last Christmas follows Kate who harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes being another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart … and you gotta have faith.
The trailers were cute and being a fan of Feig and this cast was interested in seeing it despite already kind of figuring it all out. The story is pretty generic initially, but thanks to the great performances from everyone involved, most notably Clarke and Golding it steps things up a bit. They have great chemistry together and getting to see Clarke flex a different side of her acting chops as well as singing was a nice change. Both Yeoh and Thompson steal every scene they are in with both the wise moments and bring some laughs.
The film is not only based on Geroge Michael's song Last Christmas, the entire film is back dropped by hi various music that serves as not only a great soundtrack, but a love letter to the late artist. Even the Christmas setting just brings you joy with the abundance in the year round Christmas store she works at.
The story works well and although pretty predictable I still enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to. It may not be breaking down any walls in the genre, but it’s a funny heartwarming film that is a great way to kick off the holiday themed film season.