Clarke's first big post-Game of Thrones move is heavy on inclusivity and morality lessons but loses no sense of humour in the process, dodging preachiness easily. Having not seen any of her work in the HBO series, I'm not all that familiar with the buzz on the lady.
As someone who will be putting up her Christmas tree within the week and who's been listening to holiday music since before Halloween, I'm willing to cut any new festive film plenty of slack for the sake of the season. There are a few slow sections and, if it weren't for the excellent actors, it could be a Hallmark or Lifetime romance movie on TV but we can rate it three stars. Best known for his laugh-out-loud, female-centric comedies like "Bridesmaids", "The Spy", and "Ghostbusters: Answer the Call", the director has lately shifted away from his overtly hilarious movies into something different. Since this is more or less a Christmas movie, and I hate Christmas movies, I nearly skipped the screening. Her boss at the boutique shop goes by the name Santa (Michelle Yeoh) and delights in sarcastic quips aimed at her lone elf. Yet, Santa swoons for her own mysterious stranger as readily as Kate does for Tom. Kate is not only a bad employee but she is more or less homeless, couch shops for places to sleep, or picks up this guy or that in bars. But it inspires Kate to have awareness of the things around her, in her community, to have a little faith, feel a little gratitude. She's recovering from a near-death experience, she tells Tom, and she hasn't felt like her sunny self since she "came back". If either can be avoided, that's flawless.
But nobody can be so full of sage advice and not be a serial-killer, reasons Kate, so she returns to work.
Tom shows up again and takes Kate ice skating since she has an audition for "Frozen" on Ice. Her mom (Thompson) frets about Kate's health and tends to say the wrong thing, Kate's sister Marta (Lydia Leonard) is brimming with sibling resentment, and Dad (Boris Isakovic) spends so much time as a cab driver that he nearly never sees anybody. And he might just be the man of her dreams, if only he would hang around long enough.
Complicated love. Tom shows up on a bicycle once in awhile, talks to her, teaches her and then disappears for days.
Dame Emma co-stars as her mother in the Christmas romantic comedy, and Clarke believes the film reflects her views. He bicycles in and out of the story playing Tom as a positive to Clark's often negatively short-circuited Kate.
Clarke defends the twist, noting that there was great care and nuance put into building it into the script. "Emma [Thompson] and Greg [Wise] wrote this script together, but they sent the script to all of their friends and it was only ready when their friends didn't see the twist coming and couldn't guess until it happens, so that's where it comes from", she told IndieWire.
The film Last Christmas is out in theatres today and the United Kingdom on November 15th and on assorted dates throughout the rest of the world until December 27th. As it is, the film is simply a trite rehash, recalling the stale charm of listening to the same Wham! song on the radio played one too many times over. Not Golding. Not Yeoh. That said, it's a Christmas movie and Christmas movies do that.
In the past couple of years, it seems we've all admitted that those made-for-cable holiday movies starring D-list celebs were actually pretty fun to watch.
In an attempt to be timely, Last Christmas also shoved commentary on Brexit, and immigration into various scenes.
Man plays 'fetch' with Beluga whale , watch adorable video
The video, while heartwarming, also means you now have one more excuse to take that trip to Antarctica you've been mulling over. Within seconds, a swift beluga whale is seen scooping the ball in its mouth and bringing it back to the man on the boat.