Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding give ‘Last Christmas’ heart

Conleth Hill attending the Game of Thrones premiere

Conleth Hill attending the Game of Thrones premiere

When looking for him, she meets people who run the homeless shelter where he volunteered. Now, you and I both know her name is not Santa, but apparently Kate has not bothered to learn her boss' real name.

The New York Times shares the same thoughts, saying that "the actors look good together... but her character's strenuous perkiness and his character's damp sincerity cancel each other out". He can't always be there for her.

I also chuckled when Kate, who yearns to be a singer but is working as an elf at a store, says something morbid to Tom. Director Paul Feig gets too lost in the messy material to put his usual irreverent spin on it, and there's a big, silly twist in the middle of this thing that doesn't really work, but none of it can harsh the rest of the movie's good-natured vibe.

While she's in the midst of wallowing in misery, eye-rolling her way through daily life and indulging in unhealthy habits, out of nowhere the dreamily clean-cut Tom (Henry Golding) appears to whisk her around London, opening her eyes to his glass-half-full perspective in the process. Can she go on with her improved life without him or will she fall back into despair?

"When it comes to signing petitions to reshoot the last season of a very popular TV show, or whether it's spoiling a goddamn Christmas rom-com, people are able to do something about that", she reflected to IndieWire. You will probably guess the twist which takes a long time to reveal but the lesson to be glad you are alive and to change a sulking, glum, "I hate everything" personality is a worthy one.

"Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clark moves from dragons and such to more mundane matters of the heart.

Last Christmas feels like Thompson and Feig playing a tug-of-war, the creative power flipping from one to the other so that, at any given moment, it's possible to tell whose turn it is and who's in the driving seat. Fortunately, "Last Christmas" is set around Christmas but Christmas isn't the focus. The film also provides standout supporting roles for Thompson, as Kate's mom Petra, a refugee of the former Yugoslavia who - to the amusement of everyone but her family - thrives on drama, and for Golding's Crazy, Rich costar Michelle Yeoh as Santa, the hilariously strict but not heartless owner of the Yuletide Christmas shop. It would make a fine date movie or a trip to the Cineplex with your besties. If only it had leaned more into the acerbic appeal of Clarke's performance or made the effort to scaffold a believable central relationship, "Last Christmas" might have had a shot at some meaningful originality. The very next day, she attended the movie's Paris premiere in a chic, neutral-toned dress, with a matching coat draped over her shoulders for when she went outside.

However, a chance encounter with a charming (and gorgeous) stranger Tom (Henry Golding), begins to shift her perspective slowly. "The kind of bad that you get when you aim for that Richard Curtis sweet-spot à la Love Actually and actually land, face-first, into a pile of garbage just like your lead character", David Fear wrote. Let everyone know with a comment!

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