Last Christmas Review
Paul Feig has been known to write and direct great women characters over the years. It seems like he is at home working with women in his films. Bridesmaids was a huge hit and basically had an all female cast. With Spy he worked with Melissa McCarthy once again. He then directed the all female cast of Ghostbusters. And just last year he had the little Indie hit A Simple Favor starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick. Working with Emilia Clarke and Emma Thompson on Last Christmas had to be easy for him. He’s done it so many times before, why would this time be any different?
Emilia Clarke portrays Katirina or Kate as she like to be known. She is an aspiring singer. While she waits for her singing career to take off she works as an elf in a Christmas shop. When she’s not working her life is in shambles. She doesn’t get along with her boss, Santa portrayed by Michelle Yoah, or her family. She’s an alcoholic as well. Until one day when she meets an interesting man staring up into sky. His name is Tom, portrayed by Henry Golding from Crazy Rich Asians. He seems to get under Kate’s skin and they hit it off. He’s what she needs to settle her wild ways down. She starts to take ownership of her past and more importantly, her bad decisions.
Emma Thompson portrays Petra the brash mother of Kate. She only wants a good life for her daughter. Thompson helped write the screenplay for Last Christmas, so this story means a lot to her. Shes got a very funny role in the film and you can tell she’s having a blast playing this crazy concerned mother. Coming off of Late Night last June this is definitely a departure for her. Even though she has played oddball characters in the past.
Last Christmas has a good message and good acting, especially from Thompson but it lacks the extra oomph that Christmas movies need to put them over the top. I liked Last Christmas but I didn’t love it. It’s just not on par with Its a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street, two of the greatest Christmas movies ever. I would even venture to say it’s not as good as Love Actually another Emma Thompson film. Paul Feig will get more chances to direct in the future. This just isn’t one of his better outings
Dan Allen Skip