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Last Christmas

Published December 13, 2020

Last Christmas

Film info

  • Title Last Christmas
  • Director Paul Feig
  • Year 2019
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Tagline Who doesn't have a little Christmas baggage?

Emilia Clarke stars as Kate, who works as an elf at a year-round-holiday shop. Kate faces an endless streak of bad luck and poor decision-making until she meets Tom, a kind-hearted man with a mysterious past who challenges her cycnical world view. It seems like nothing can keep this mismatched couple together, but sometimes you gotta listen to your heart... and you gotta have faith.

Live blog

TimeComment
3:05Wasn’t expecting it to start in Yugoslavia.
5:29They’ve made London look very colourful.
6:42The poor fish!
8:12“You are the furthest thing from an adult that I know.”
16:18“A cappella! The penalty for lateness.”
18:41I’m very stressed that she didn’t lock the door.
26:16The matchstick galleon is hilarious.
28:31Not a bad thing to sound like Jason Statham if you’re a police person, surely?
37:45Everyone needs a self-pity party now and again.
42:52They’ve gone full on Rocky!
57:17“Bugger off with your cleanly manliness.”
1:01:37“There’s no such thing as normal. It’s a stupid word. Does a lot of damage.”
1:14:46Like that she’s making good green juice choices now too.
1:18:23She’s quite good at putting a lot into a simple ‘yea’.
1:26:57“You just sort of folded up.”

Thoughts

If ever there was a film of two halves, it’s this. You start out with a reasonably cute rom-com, Kate dealing with her difficult family, recovery from a serious condition, a job that only seems relevant for maybe one month of the year, and aspirations to just be a better human without making any effort… she meets a guy who is too-good-to-be-true and their relationship develops.

Then, oh my, you’re slapped with the cold, hard, truth and it turns the movie completely on its head! It’s no longer a cute rom-com, it’s actually a really emotional movie about life, living, what makes up your soul, and other existential questions. I had sort of guessed there was some twist coming and in what area it would be, but I didn’t see the end coming before it hit us.

Really good though. Funny, adorable, emotional, and with an underlying message about being good to others but more crucially to yourself.

Rating: 5 / 5

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