Is Last Christmas Worth Seeing?

Last Christmas Emilia Clark,
Universal Pictures

A few nights ago, I went to the screening of Universal’s Last Christmas starring Emilia Clarke (Games of Thrones), Henry Golding (Crazy, Rich Asians), Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians) and Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) with director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids). My expectations were high, and even though they may not have been met, is Last Christmas worth seeing?

Is Last Christmas Worth Seeing?

Let me start with this, I couldn’t help but see some of the critic reviews on this, and though it’s not the best Christmas movie of all time, it’s cute. I laughed, my friend Tiffany of Two Mother Forkers was my plus one, and she even cried. Emilia is beautiful, funny, and her character Kate is nothing like her Game of Throne’s Daenerys Targaryen. Henry Golding really couldn’t be more charming.

Last Christmas Emilia Clark,
Universal Pictures Emilia Clarke as Kate in Last Christmas

We meet our protagonist, Kate, during the supposed-to-be happiest time of the year, where she works at a year-round Christmas shop. Ironic, as Kate is trying to avoid everything and everyone in her life who causes her to feel. “For Kate, Christmas is hell because it’s where all the tensions, the tectonic plates that make up all of family life [intersect],” Thompson says. “You can’t get through it without somebody saying the wrong thing or giving someone the wrong look. Just one sniff can set it off.”

Last Christmas Emilia Clark, Emma Thompson
Universal Pictures
Emilia Clarke and Emma Thompson in Last Christmas

What drew Emilia to play Kate?

What drew Clarke to the role was the pure-of-heart spirit of the holiday tale. “Emma wrote this story with such care and truth,” Clarke says. “She understands the complexity of human nature and has intertwined that knowledge throughout. This story celebrates the uncertainties, scary moments and beauties of being a human being.” She pauses. “This film is a love letter to anyone who has ever felt confused or lost at times in their lives,” Clarke says. “It lends a hopeful message that it’s alright to feel this way and that you’ll soon come to know yourself.”

Last Christmas Henry Golding
Universal Pictures
Henry Golding as Tom in Last Christmas

Henry Golding played himself?

The director, who last collaborated with Golding in A Simple Favor, was more than pleased to be working with his leading man once again. “Henry is Tom,” Feig says. “I wanted to show that funny, charming side of him. When Henry came onboard, I told him to just be himself. It was that lightness of spirit that he has in real life that I wanted to shine through in Tom, and he has just done an incredible job.”

Well, is it worth seeing?

So, Last Christmas is supposed to pay homage to George Michael’s song of the same name. He approved of this many years ago, and keep in mind; he died on Christmas Day 2016. So, the words of the song really aren’t what the film is about. So don’t go in with thinking this is a typical love story, it’s not. And in the end, it was touching. If I were to do a letter scale, I would give it a B. If you want to laugh a little and enjoy something light, then Last Christmas is worth seeing.

Universal Pictures
Henry Golding as Tom and Emilia Clarke in Last Christmas

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