Last Christmas is on big screen

Kate almost died. She fell really ill and it took a heart transplant to save her life. Her mother, played by Emma Thompson, took some joy in nursing her back to health, using the experience to beat back the wave of depression that had enveloped her life.

But as Kate’s health returned, she found that her near-death experience had done little to improve her life. Her parents were a mess. Her father was barely getting by. As a former lawyer, now a minicab driver, the Yugoslavian immigrant did not have the financial muscle to retrain to practice in the UK.

Kate’s mother, on the other hand, was spending so much time doting on her that she was completely ignoring Marta, Kate’s sister and the one person in the family who was thriving.

It did not help matters that Kate’s existence was one long series of bad decisions. The protagonist was on her last leg, practically homeless, barely holding onto her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas Shop, when she stumbled upon Tom.

Their friendship should not have worked. He was too eccentric. But he charmed her, showing Kate all the wonders London had to offer during Christmas. He gave her hope, forcing her to question for the first time whether there was more to life than she had dared to believe.

Last Christmas came out on November 8, though it is only hitting cinemas in Uganda this week. The movie was directed by Paul Feig and written by Emma Thompson, who has a supporting role, and her husband Greg Wise.

All the reviews say it is, more or less, what you expect: a Christmas movie designed to ignite the spirit of the season. It features all the tried and tested clichés.

Emilia Clarke’s Kate is a jaded girl who needs a reason to believe in something. Tom is the Santa in her life. There’s a big twist at the end that will either make the movie worth it or sour you on the whole experience.

I watched the trailer. Last Christmas looked just like any other romantic comedy except that it was set at Christmas. So, if you like romcoms and need a movie to draw your Christmas spirit out, Last Christmas is probably your cup of tea.

Fun Fact: the movie is based on the song of the same name by George Michael.


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