Last Christmas

Movie Information

The unconventional rom-com offers honest, heartfelt commentary on personal and national identity.
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Director: Paul Feig
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson
Rated: PG-13

Once Halloween hits, it’s down with the ghosts and up with the reindeer. If you’re not quite in the holiday spirit, the unconventional romantic comedy Last Christmas might be exactly what you need.

Take the confident direction of Paul Feig (Bridesmaids); a sweet yet nonsaccharine story co-written and developed by Emma Thompson; hilarious turns by Emilia Clarke (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), Michelle Yeoh and Thompson herself; add the fantastic music of George Michael — and you’re in for some magic.

That doesn’t mean Last Christmas isn’t full of holiday tropes, but it utilizes them to tell a heartwarming story of hope, recovery and redemption. By looking on the macro elements of Brexit — specifically the removal of refugees — in conjunction with Christmas, the film examines the message within the holiday while also serving as a jumping-off point to explore Clarke’s character and her own disassociation of identity after surviving a severe health crisis in an honest, heartfelt way.

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