‘Last Christmas’ joins the shelf next to Hallmark holiday movies


Hanak Taxo, Reporter

So you may have seen advertisements for the new Christmas movie “Last Christmas” by now or, if you haven’t, then you haven’t been on YouTube within the past month. It seems innocent enough, like a cynical Hallmark movie.

   Now with its release back on Nov. 8, there’s no longer any speculation. The masses can finally watch this long-awaited movie. I mean, if you’ve seen ten advertisements a week for one movie, you have got to see where it goes, don’t you?

Others who had been equally as bombarded with the movie’s trailers have made quite a few guesses, some accurate, others…not so much. But that is why movies are such big fans of making trailers for themselves.

   The movie follows Kate (Emilia Clarke), who spends her days drinking in pubs around good old London and being a little bit of an unbalanced person, hates her job working in a year-round Christmas decoration shop, and then one day meets a guy. There’s a big romance, for sure. 

   This spot of holiday spirit in her life goes by the name Tom (Henry Golding from Crazy Rich Asians), and as he tries to boost our main character’s optimism, we discover he has a little bit of an unusual habit of magically appearing and disappearing. 

   Besides this, though, the movie does delve a little deeper into Kate’s character. She is introduced as an absolute mess of a person, a little careless, with a dash of selfishness. And it seems like the film’s trying to tell us she has good reason to, having her occasionally allude to being previously very ill, and since then, she’s been scared.

   So many she does have a good reason for being in her current situation, and it does offer a new movie perspective, maybe not in the way of being the main character with a tragic path, but a person who’s been through some stuff and is trying to figure out how life goes on and not always doing that all too perfectly. 

   But there is that nagging feeling that you’re watching a presentation about tolerance and a little bit of a stance on Brexit too. But it’s a holiday movie and holiday movies have, since the beginning of time, been made to inspire harmony and good feelings.

    Cheesy, classic rom-com ensues, a sprinkle of inner-struggle and an ending with some nice self-improvement, and you have the movie in its entirety. Of course, as in any ‘okay’ movie, there’s a twist that may pull at your heartstrings if you didn’t see it coming.

   And for those who looked at the movie’s title and some totally subtle cues in the film, you’ll find yourself gritting your teeth in annoyance. It’s a cliche, a trope, but again, it’s Christmas.