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Film Review: “Last Christmas” (2019) ★★★★★


What do we do to keep our life intact? How do we handle depression, loneliness, frustration, and anger? Is there any reason we let our heart to float along the way, while our mind is somewhere else? “Last Christmas” might be a romantic, charming comedy. But it has a depth to it despite the fact that it may suggest otherwise. At the end of the day, it all comes to one point we cannot disregard – the most important organ we should protect dearly is our heart. But when we still take it for granted, we better have a reason to justify for letting it be broken into a million pieces which, in most cases, is for no reason.

Kate (Emilia Clarke) has the complete package to be qualified as a messy person. Her one-night stands never end; she fried her swift boyfriend’s fish, losing her friends left and right; her mother is sick worried for her. The young woman drinks like a pirate and is absolutely not careful. She seems worried about something and continuously destroys herself like she’s on an urgent mission she cannot wait to complete. Working as an Elf at a Christmas shop helps to keep her balance but not for long. For her rescue, a young man named Tom appears. He is nice, gentle, and too caring. He likes to listen to her problems, teaches how to skate and even guides her through the transformative changes on how to live her life once again – the life she somehow forgot exists.

The film starts on a very positive note and as the story unfolds it gets funnier and funnier. However, it does not happen that often, when the dramatic changes occur in Kate`s personality. Featuring George Michael’s songs, including the famous Last Christmas, the screenplay by Emma Thompson, Greg Wise, and Bryony Kimmings directed by Paul Feig, “Last Christmas” is all that you will need to feel good about your whole day which you found tiresome and busy. With this film, it takes the viewer down to London’s beautiful streets, adorable Christmas decorations, while we are thrown in between of Kate’s stormy life. While the film provides a few details to connect the dots, the final revelation will be heartbreaking but a learning experience at the same time.

While I am trying to be extra careful with my review of Paul Feig’s film, I must admit, it was a surprisingly charming and heartwarming experience. For instance, having Michelle Yeoh sharing the same screen with the utterly funny Emilia Clarke, including all the funny lines they had to exchange, was refreshing and amusing. On top of that, it seems Emma Thompson has finally found her on-screen match in Emilia Clarke who was equally great despite the difference in screen time. Henry Golding as the mysterious Tom was perfect. His on-screen chemistry with Emilia Clarke was plausible and enchanting. Both actors found a unique way to communicate through the characters they portrayed, giving them the life both the writers and directors envisioned.

To conclude, there are lots of lessons this film provides to watch it. It goes through the human experience, talks about the heart condition, love, and being free. At some point, Clarke’s Kate says, “I don’t want to heal my heart to give it to someone to break it” which defines the entire film. George Michael’s “Last Christmas”, if you pay close attention, talks about the exact same issue Kate brought up. More importantly, it reveals the true meaning of life and how it must be lived. We do not need someone’s approval to tell us if we are on the right or wrong path. Mostly, it’s about paying attention to our own actions, analyze the consequence of it, and try to fix it. Indeed, life has its difficulties, dark and light days. But in the end, it all lands us on one particular day we must do our best to not make it our last one, whether it is today, tomorrow, or our upcoming Christmas.

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