With "Game of Thrones" and Daenerys Targaryen now firmly behind her, Emilia Clarke is Kate, that aforementioned Brit brat who can't show up to work on time, doesn't have a place of her own to crash and is, we soon learn, now healthy though she used to be very sick. She's an appealing mess, of the bumbling, irresponsible sort who can only manage to function and still look like a million bucks in a romantic comedy that might also supply her with a dashing admirer ever-ready to come to her aid.
His and her hidden truths take their time tumbling out, delayed by frustratingly contrived plotting. She avoids her Yougalavian immigrant parents like the plague, annoys her friends, picks fights with her older sister, and seems to only find solace in drinking herself into a stupor and hooking up with a random array of disgusting men. When Kate insists that she's "homeless", because she refuses to go live with her mom, Tom takes her to visit an actual homeless shelter; she's so distraught over her own self-pitying that she eventually winds up volunteering there. As she bonds with him, the self-pitying haze that has settled over Kate slowly lifts forcing her to appreciate her second chance at life.
I also chuckled when Kate, who yearns to be a singer but is working as an elf at a store, says something morbid to Tom.
Clarke believes the film, penned by Dame Emma Thompson, is in opposition to Brexit. She's often barely tolerable, which makes the audience less inclined to want to see her have a happy ending. Other famous faces include Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh, and Rebecca Root.
Thompson takes a supporting role in her own story, playing Kate's long-suffering immigrant mother (the family fled from war-torn Yugoslavia at the turn of the millennium), a woman Kate keeps telling us is boorish and disgusting but who just seems...annoying? Even though "Last Christmas'" closing location answers some of those concerns, it feels like the complete item tends to make a improved argument on paper than on the display screen. So many feel like they were written for the movie. Instead, it felt like a flimsy way to try and put a time stamp on this particular holiday film. Your must-use ingredients: Lots of Christmas tinsel and, for some reason, the entire back catalog of George Michael. The actress discusses her frustration over fans trying to decode the Last Christmas twist and ruining it for everyone.
She also attended a photocall for the film in German on October 22, where she wore a light blue jumpsuit, which featured long sleeves and an off the shoulder neckline. Golding rose to stardom and broke the typical leading man role, paving the way for more representation in Hollywood.
As the title suggests, the film is "inspired by" Michael's lyrics; the film features the artist's songs exclusively which, surprisingly, is not as annoying as it sounds.
In the past couple of years, it seems we've all admitted that those made-for-cable holiday movies starring D-list celebs were actually pretty fun to watch.
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Emilia Clarke, left, and Henry Golding in a scene from "Last Christmas".