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Last Christmas

Country: UK | USA, Language: English, 102 mins

  • Director: Paul Feig
  • Writer: Emma Thompson; Bryony Kimmings
  • Producer: Emma Thompson; Sarah Bradshaw; David Livingstone; Jessie Henderson

CGiii Comment

Inspired by the eponymous song and featuring a few other ditties by George warned, this is not a musical [like Sunshine on Leith]...but, it is an absolute festive delight...that will warm the cockles of your heart.

Co-written by Emma Thompson...she certainly likes to throw in her own views and politics. Digs and pokes about immigration and Brexit, discrimination and equality, homelessness and loneliness...thankfully, she does it all without being [too] over-bearing or preachy. Although, there is one scene that will make your skin crawl and one other that will smack you square on the face.

There is a significant lesbian storyline [of course there is, what film nowadays doesn't have a lesbian or two?]...but, hey, it's a sweet little story that serves as a turning point!

Henry Goulding [charm-on-legs] and Emilia [dragonless] Clarke have all the chemistry needed for the potential and expected passion. Michelle Yeoh's Santa is a class act...and, Patti Lupone - with suckling cherubs, is brief but hilarious.

It's everything you would want [and a little bit more] from a Christmas film...and then - just when you least expect delivers an emotional, jaw-dropping, knockout punch!

Oooh...this will certainly resonate.

RIP George & Melanie...


The(ir) Blurb...

Kate is a young woman subscribed to bad decisions. Her last date with disaster? That of having accepted to work as Santa's elf for a department store. However, she meets Tom there. Her life takes a new turn. For Kate, it seems too good to be true.

Cast & Characters

Emilia Clarke as Kate;
Emma Thompson as Adelia;
Michelle Yeoh as Santa;
Henry Golding as Tom;
Rebecca Root as Dr. Addis;
Lydia Leonard as Marta;
Ingrid Oliver;
Patti LuPone;
Sue Perkins as Frozen on Ice director;
Davina Sitaram as Christmas Shopper;
David Mumeni as Guy;
Jade Anouka as Alba;
Fabien Frankel as Fabien;
Ruth Horrocks as Christmas Shopper;
Peter Mygind;
Joakim Skarli as Church guest;
Helena Holmes as Artist;
Ritu Arya as Jenna;
Nasir Jama;
Rene Costa as Geoff Mafia Boss