I’m a big fan of a good rom-com and a cheesy Christmas movie. Not to mention, if there’s music involved, I’m even more interested. In comes in Last Christmas. I knew I wanted to watch it because I like Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding. From the song in the trailer to the story, I was interested so here is the review on Last Christmas and whether it’s worth a watch.
Last Christmas follows Kate (Clarke), whose life is unraveling. She works as an elf at a year-round Christmas shop. She ends up meeting Tom (Golding) outside the shop and it sends her through a journey. Tom helps Kate see the good things in life and helps her get back on track.
Does it deliver in it’s cheesy cute, Christmas goodness? Yes. Is it the next classic Christmas film? Probably not. As a cute, rom-com it makes sense. It checks all the boxes of a mute cute, breakup, and coming to terms. It was mushy which is what I love. However, I did think the pacing was really slow at times and didn’t really dive deep into the characters (more on that in the spoilers section). There is a lot of Brexit talk which was interesting to hear about that from an American perspective and you understand her parents’ viewpoint.
At times, it feels like a George Michael tribute movie. It’s obviously based on the now-classic sound. But they throw in as many songs as they can. On the TV in the background to transition the scene, there’s a lot of references.
But overall, I enjoyed it. Is it something to rush to the theaters for? No. But it’s such a cute film, that did have its deep emotional moments that I did get tearful about. It’s a sweet Christmas rom-com and it was pretty good!
Rating: Stream it
And Some Spoilers
If you pay attention to the trailer, you can kind of catch where the story is going. From the trailer, we know Kate is sick and it’s mentioned throughout the trailer. There were people who put it together who Tom would be to her. However, there was never a super rock bottom point to her condition that made a change. Sure, she was a mess and drank heavily and made bad choices and everyone told her to take care of herself. But we never actually see her condition worsen. Which on the flip side, you could argue that her change was more gradual so it feels more natural. Maybe no one else, felt this way but I did.
Last Christmas is a typical Christmas rom-com that will give you all of the feels.
Last Christmas is out in theaters now. Are you going to watch it?