Directed by: Paul Feig
Written by: George Michael & Emma Thompson.
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Emma Thompson, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Boris Isakovic, Peter Mygind.
Last Christmas is a film about a young woman who is self-involved but meets a mysterious young man during the busy festive season of Christmas, whilst also working as an Elf in a store selling Christmas products all year. But the guy she meets ends up popping up every now and then but also helps bring the best in her, out.
I am not one to love Christmas movies, I am more of a fan of comedic festive films like Home Alone, or National Lampoons, or even Elf, but this film brings in a different vibe and one I love to watch. After seeing this at the cinema in December 2019, I loved it, to where I went to watch it again as I enjoyed this more than I expected.
This film is one for people who love Christmas but need that little boost to get into the spirit of the festivities, and who doesn’t love a bit of feel-good Christmas spirit, with some favourites from the late George Michael? I must admit, before I watched this film I was a little sceptical about it as most Christmas films are cringey and too “lovey-dovey” and that was the impression I first had upon seeing the poster, but, as I said before, this film really blew me away. I came out of the cinema (in 2019) wanting to see it again, it was brilliant.
The music gives you the feeling of wanting to just listen to all of George Michael’s greatest hits, even if it is for a short period, well for me it gives me that feeling. After the year we have had in 2020, this was a film I was really waiting for on Sky, and as it has finally landed, I have seen this a few times, and I enjoy watching it. The message behind the film is important too, as it tells us that we should be lucky to be alive, as the film focuses on the young girl (Kate) (played by Emilia Thompson) living with a new heart after she needed a transplant; this is explained in the film, and the heart she gains is that of the mysterious man named Tom (played by Henry Golding), who appears randomly, unbeknown to Kate, Tom is part of her and that he passed away a year ago, the same time she experienced a life-threatening heart condition.
I am one for a lot of films and believe me I have watched some stinkers of films, but this film is honestly one of the best, and recent, Christmas films to have been released, and I think if George Michael was still alive today, he would be very proud of this film, as the film is based on George Michaels cherished holiday standard, and it is definitely one that shows tradition with the holidays, and what Christmas should be about; family and close ones around you and reflecting on how lucky we are.
Also, if you have watched this, and are a fan of Tom Holland, and possibly his brother Harry Holland, did you spot Harry in a scene on a London bus? Let me know if you saw this cheeky cameo from Harry in the comments.
If you haven’t watched this film yet, I highly recommend you will not be disappointed. It is available on download and on Sky TV to watch, as-well-as streaming networks to rent/buy cheap.
I give this film a 5 star rating!