Written by Jess Urquhart
Last Christmas, I gave you my heart…
Last Christmas is wrapping up to be the Christmas film of 2019, as many people flock to the cinemas to watch it. If you want to get into the Christmas spirit, then I would certainly suggest you do the same.
Nothing seems to be going right for Kate (Emilia Clarke), working as an elf in a Christmas shop. She just isn’t feeling the Christmas spirit until mystery man Tom (Henry Golding) comes into her life and starts to make things look brighter, popping up every time Kate needs him. A budding friendship starts between the two which could turn into a blossoming romance!
I was so excited when I went to watch the film, having heard such great things about both the actors and the storyline, and the bonus of the soundtrack – with all songs sung by musical legend George Michael. After all, who doesn’t love a bit of Wham!? The songs are placed perfectly within the film and of course, ‘Last Christmas’ is played more than once to get us all in the Christmas spirit.
The story grabbed me straight away as I loved the character of Kate; I felt like I could relate to her in some parts as she goes through a lot of trouble with finding a house and keeping everyone happy. In my opinion, Clarke plays this role well as whenever I look at her, I always picture her as the bubbly Lou in Me Before You, another rom-com I adore. My eyes were glued to the screen throughout the whole of the film as I wanted Tom and Kate to be happy and get together, but it isn’t until the plot-twist right at the very end when we learn more about the relationship between Tom and Kate: they have more in common than they might think.
The film tugs on the heartstrings and makes you both laugh and cry. There are many celebrity cameos within this film including the Wham! star himself, Andrew Ridgley. He, of course, had to be in it if they’re using ‘Last Christmas’! Personally, I would give this film 4 out of 5 stars as I loved the acting, the soundtrack, and the storyline. The ending to me was perfect, and I felt as though it was the right way to end this film to make it stand out from other Christmas films. Its homage to George Michael was particularly tasteful, as he died on Christmas day three years ago; their use of his songs not only from when he was in Wham!, but from his solo career too is especially thoughtful.
So, if you’re looking for something different to watch this Christmas then I suggest heading down to your local cinema and watching Last Christmas. If it doesn’t get you in the Christmas spirit, you’ll still have a good time singing away to the iconic George Michael songs everyone knows and loves!