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Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding Star in the First Trailer for Festive Rom-Com 'Last Christmas'

It's co-written by Emma Thompson, directed by 'Bridesmaids' filmmaker Paul Feig — and, yes, it features that George Michael song.
By Sarah Ward
August 15, 2019
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Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding Star in the First Trailer for Festive Rom-Com 'Last Christmas'

It's co-written by Emma Thompson, directed by 'Bridesmaids' filmmaker Paul Feig — and, yes, it features that George Michael song.
By Sarah Ward
August 15, 2019
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For almost two decades, Love Actually has been everyone's go-to British rom-com with festive flavour. This year, Last Christmas wants to give the star-studded classic a run for its money. And, given that it pairs Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke with Crazy Rich Asians' Henry Golding, is directed by Bridesmaids and A Simple Favour's Paul Feig, and features the music of George Michael — including the Wham! tune that shares the movie's title, obviously — this new dose of cinematic sweetness might just achieve that aim.

Admittedly, Last Christmas sounds a little like the result of overlapping Venn diagrams mapping things that absolutely everyone loves. Its leads hail from one of the biggest shows of this century and one of the huge film hits of the past year, respectively. Its director has a following of his own. Even folks who aren't all that fond of Christmas manage to find a soft spot for festive flicks. And, there's never a bad time for George Michael's music — or, as Always Be My Maybe demonstrated earlier this year, for upbeat rom-coms that take their title from a beloved pop track.

But, based on the just-released first trailer, this Christmassy movie doesn't just hit obvious crowd-pleasing beats. It also has plenty of charm. The fact that it's co-written by Emma Thompson, who has an Oscar for screenwriting (for Sense and Sensibility) and also co-stars in the flick, clearly helps. And, if Michael's existing hits didn't provide enough of a soundtrack, the film will also feature new, previously unreleased tunes by the late singer.

Story-wise, the movie follows the cynical, Scrooge-like Kate (Clarke), who works as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop but has a distinct lack of seasonal cheer herself. She has ample reasons for her unhappy demeanour, including her stern boss (Michelle Yeoh), although she might also have some motivation to start feeling more jovial when she keeps running into the endearing Tom (Golding).

Check out the trailer below:

Last Christmas releases in Australian cinemas on November 7.

Published on August 15, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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