Emilia Clarke hits out at 'bloody annoying' Last Christmas spoilers

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 9, 2019

It's not really a secret anymore that there's a twist in the movie Last Christmas, though hopefully you haven't heard what it is yet.

Speaking of irritating, when Tom (Henry Golding) shows up, he has goofy advice like how she should always "look up" because she'll notice things she never has before (even if that means she walks into bags of rubbish).

We'll have a full review of the film as soon as possible, but for now here's a brand new featurette focusing on the music of George Michael whose legendary tunes are at the heart of the movie.

The late Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou might have been, as Emilia Clarke's rom-com heroine Kate declares in Last Christmas (★★★½☆), "misunderstood and under-appreciated", but the singer-songwriter gets due love and respect in the film, which takes its title and storyline from the 1984 hit that Michael wrote and produced as half of the English pop duo Wham!.

Last Christmas is in theaters now. Golding, who was the consummate leading man in 2018's "Crazy Rich Asians", appears vastly more one-dimensional here, giving a stiff performance composed of greeting card-worthy aphorisms and canned wistful gazes. Her charm was the best thing about the otherwise plodding romantic weepie Me Before You.

"I think about him a lot, a lot". The comedy begins to drop off, which is a bit of a disappointment. We get it with the first guy in the bar.

It's refreshing to see Emilia in such a scatty role. She's deeply flawed; but we see her grow and evolve throughout the flick, and it's rather satisfying to see her cleaning up not just her own life, but others as well.

Whilst Henry Golding as Tom has good chemistry with Emilia, it's hard to define what his personality is beyond being a love interest for the protagonist. This is certainly not a partnership - Clarke stands out by miles from him. Emma Thompson came up with the story with husband Greg Wise, and shares a screenwriting credit with Bryony Kimmings. And he might just be the man of her dreams, if only he would hang around long enough. It's a little jarring hearing her mimicking this accent at first, but once you're passed that she's extremely believable, and really manages to have some hilarious (if slightly cringe-inducing) moments.

Sold as a being built around the music of George Michael and Wham! - which it decidedly is not - Last Christmas delivers pretty much everything a rom-com connoisseur could desire. Neither outshine the other - they worked in tandem and it's lovely to witness.

I hate to admit that I even like some bad Christmas movies, just because they put me in the spirit.

It's not so much that Last Christmas doesn't do anything to break itself out of the mold, but it isn't doing anything to be special either. But this isn't really what the film is truly about.

This isn't to say that the entire film is a wash.

Kate's job in a year-round Christmas shop, run by the wonderful Michelle Yeoh as "Santa" and peddling the kitschiest of wares provides reasoning for her spending the majority of the movie dressed like semi-sexy elf, while Covent Garden is decked in thousands of lights, which certainly don't harm the romance of it all. So we thought of an alternate method for translating that story. Kate mutters, "That was like watching a short Scandinavian film".

While Vanity Fair call it "not good [but] not awful, exactly" and while a "nice movie", Last Christmas is devoid of "a richer sense of soul or purpose".

That leads us to the subject of Christmas movies.

It's not all bucks fizz and snowballs though; the film is let down by by leaving a lot of gaping plot holes, a lack of consistent humour and a weak character in the love interest of Tom. Ironically, what you get is a movie that is 50-50.

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