Last Christmas [2019] ★★½

T’is the season. Every year I struggle to find a new Christmas movie to watch, so I always end up revisiting the same old classics. I refused to see “Last Christmas” at first (it kept reminding me of the song and I can’t listen to this song anymore), but I finally caved in this weekend and dragged the whole family to see it. Much to my surprise, this was a decent enough Christmas dramedy fueled by a likable performance by Emilia Clarke. Did I say it was great? No, but it gets the job done, especially if you’re looking for a new Christmas film to see this season. Clarke plays a reckless 20 something woman who can’t seem to settle for a man or a career. She also works as an “elf” at a Christmas shop (can’t get more christmassy than that). One day she meets Tom (Henry Golding), a mysterious man who manages to sweep her off her feet. There isn’t much more to say about the plot itself. But if you like an old-fashioned romantic story set around Christmas and can get over the ridiculous amount of time they play various versions of Wham’s “Last Christmas”, then this film is for you. I had no particular expectations when I walked in to see it, but I did end up having a good time with it.

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