Run time: 103 mins
It wouldn’t be the holidays without a Richard Curtis inspired stocking filler; and as the title suggests, this yuletide rom-com is set to the tunes of Wham!
Now that she’s done with being a genocidal dragon queen, Emilia Clarke puts her winning smile to work as disorganised twenty-something Kate, who works at a Christmas shop in Covent Garden. You’ll be able to guess the entirety of the film’s plot from the moment handsome Tom (Henry Golding) bounds on to the scene. He’s developed a habit of crossing paths with Kate at random, only to conveniently slip away the moment she has a chance to ask him what his deal is. Eventually, A connects to B, everyone has a good time, and it all ends in a big singalong.
Bridesmaids director Paul Fieg assembles a jumble of romantic comedy, holiday fantasy, love letter to the music of George Michael, and pro-immigrant statement; Last Christmas is also warm and charming, and so aware of its own lack of subtlety that you can’t help but fall in love with it. At least in a half-watching-while-drunk-on-mulled-wine stupor. (Jack Whiting)