First Impressions of…Last Christmas

The trailer for the new festive themed romantic comedy has been released – but could it be the next classic Christmas film?

The Holiday, Love Actually and It’s A Wonderful Life are just some all time classic Christmas films – but equally unique in their approach to love and life set around Christmas time. So what does Last Christmas have to offer audiences when it is released later this year?

Well judging by this trailer, it certainly feels a more contemporary take on love at Christmas, with central character Kate (Emilia Clarke) coming across as cynical and slightly difficult for those around her to deal with. It also feels more grounded and realistic than perhaps some other romantic comedies set around the festive season.

However (and I know it is only a trailer so it will be difficult to tell properly), I do feel that some of the dialogue is slightly weak and doesn’t allow the central characters to form an attachment to each other with sincerity. The humour comes across as slightly forced, but in contrast to this there are moments of sincerity such as when Kate refers to having been seriously ill. Written by Bryony Kimmings and Emma Thompson (who also stars) it just feels as though the dialogue not the story itself that could potentially let the film down.

This being said, it seems as though the cast have a nice chemistry together – particularly Emilia Clarke as Kate and Henry Golding as Tom who look as though they will have a lovely onscreen chemistry, while Emma Thompson looks as though she will provide a few laughs along the way.

It’s also lovely to have a brand new Christmas film that will perhaps reflect contemporary relationships in a grounded way, with music that includes the classic (of course) ‘Last Christmas’ as well as some previously other unheard George Michael songs that will certainly draw fans into see the film. Will it be a new Love Actually? Only time will tell – but certainly Last Christmas looks set to be a cosy treat.

Last Christmas will be released in cinemas on the 8th November.

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