MOVIE REVIEW: Last Christmas (2019)

After aspiring singer, Kate’s (Emilia Clarke) latest scrape gets her kicked out of her temporary accommodation she is forced to move back in with her parents (Emma Thompson and Boris Isakovic) just before Christmas. If that wasn’t bad enough, she’s stuck working as a sales assistant in a Christmas shop in Covent Garden when she constantly clashes with the owner, “Santa” (Michelle Yeoh).

When Kate meets the mysterious, Tom (Henry Golding) she is intrigued. Tom doesn’t carry his phone, is hard to track down and has a great eye for some of the more unexplored gems of London. Soon Kate starts to fall for Tom’s charms but what secret is he keeping from her and will his seemingly altruistic nature be enough to help Kate change her ways.

I wont pretend this film isn’t a bit cheesy and that it doesn’t have some seriously silly moments but about halfway through I realised I was rather enjoying it. Clarke and Golding are both very charming and they have a lovely chemistry that makes them really enjoyable to watch together. I didn’t predict the twist in the story and when it came out it made me feel quite emotional… enough to make me briefly stop wondering where Kate got her skates for the ice rink scene or to stop pondering how the Yugoslavian refugee timeline could possibly make sense.

Normally a film set around the music of one particular artist (George Michael/Wham! in this case) is enough to make me cringe but it worked quite nicely. Thompson and Yeoh are both underused and I am not sure the Brexit storyline needed to be crow-barred in but if you go in with low expectations you might be as pleasantly surprised as I was.



  1. Suitably seasonal, by the sound of it.
    Thanks for a very good review, Abbi.
    Merry Christmas to all the ‘O’s!
    Pete. x

    1. Belated Merry Christmas to you too. I didn’t manage to watch much festive stuff this year but it was a decent choice.

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed it. What did you think of the unreleased George Michael song?

    1. I have to admit that I am not familiar enough with George Michael’s work to have noticed it!

  3. For some reason, I watched this in theatres last year. I did enjoy it quite a bit, even though it was rather cheesy at times. 😀

    1. Although I haven’t really been to the theatre much in recent years, not getting to go at all because of Covid has been a bit depressing. I wish we’d all gotten to see a Christmas movie in 2020!

      1. I only rarely went until the second half of 2019 where I had discovered an amazing English cinema. I was so excited to see more stuff there, alas….

  4. Hi Abbi, happy new year! I saw this in early December and I quite enjoyed it despite some cheesy and predictable moments. I agree that Clarke and Golding are both very charming and they have a lovely chemistry, and the Christmas-in-London scenery just made me feel all warm and fuzzy. I grew up listening to George Michael so the music was fun for me as well.

    1. It’s a cute movie. Very watchable which is I think all you want from this kind of film.

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