Even Great Chemistry Can't Save "Last Christmas"

The movie falls flat despite stars Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding

Terri Lee-Sylvester
November 08, 2019 - 8:00 am
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DETROIT (WWJ) - I had been waiting a long time to see "Last Christmas".  I'm a big fan of both rom coms and Christmas movies, so when the first trailer for the film was released, I was all in.  So now, after much anticipation on my part, "Last Christmas" is now in theaters.

The film focuses on Kate, a young woman who had everything going for her early on.  But at this point in her life, she has no focus and she alienates everyone around her, including her family members, her closest friends and even her employer.   And even though she's a very talented singer, she works in a year-round Christmas shop, which is where she meets the very handsome and charming Tom Webster.  The two strike up a friendship and become practically inseparable.  And that's despite the fact that she's frequently moping, has a negative outlook and tries her best to get rid of him.  Makes you wonder what he sees in her, but that's one of the things that keeps you watching.  

One of the more interesting facts about this movie is that the story is based on the George Michael song "Last Christmas," a song that plays prominently in the movie.  But, unfortunately, while there are some things to like about this movie, namely the George Michael soundtrack and the chemistry between stars Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, it just isn't the happy holiday movie that it could have been.

However, on a positive note, the movie does include some uplifting messages about family, accepting others for who they are, and loving yourself.  But, unfortunately, while there are some things to like about this movie, namely the George Michael soundtrack and the chemistry between stars Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, it just isn't the happy holiday movie that it could have been.  However, on a positive note, the movie does include several uplifting messages about family, accepting others for who they are and loving yourself.

But, even though the movie does have a few bright spots, I'm still going to recommend that you watch it when it becomes available for digital download.

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