Emilia Clarke believes new film Last Christmas is anti-Brexit

Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding in Last Christmas

Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding in Last Christmas

Clarke's first big post-Game of Thrones move is heavy on inclusivity and morality lessons but loses no sense of humour in the process, dodging preachiness easily. It's also a pleasure to see Yeoh as someone with a giggly side that comes out when her character embarks on her own love story. I'm one of the few critics that gave a good review to The Holiday (Jack Black, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet).

I hate to admit that I even like some bad Christmas movies, just because they put me in the spirit. Since this is more or less a Christmas movie, and I hate Christmas movies, I nearly skipped the screening. Michelle Yeoh was so good in insane, yet here she's just insane. Yet, Santa swoons for her own mysterious stranger as readily as Kate does for Tom.

After seeing that Kate, as a teen, was a promising singer in a choir, we find her in 2017 London drinking too much in a bar and playing the song she sang as a kid over and over again on the juke box.

For her appearance on Good Morning America on October 30, Emilia wore a white dress with plunging neckline and black belt around her midsection.

While she's in the midst of wallowing in misery, eye-rolling her way through daily life and indulging in unhealthy habits, out of nowhere the dreamily clean-cut Tom (Henry Golding) appears to whisk her around London, opening her eyes to his glass-half-full perspective in the process. If either can be avoided, that's ideal. Tom is everything Kate isn't: generous and kind, optimistic and observant.

Eventually, we do learn just what illness Kate's been referring to, and just as the film gears up for a big third act reveal, we're really feeling for her and rooting for her and Tom to make it. Seen that way on the off chance that you simply go with it, the motion picture is somewhat pleasant, the disclaimer being that like the man sang, you gotta have confidence.

Complicated love. Tom shows up on a bicycle once in awhile, talks to her, teaches her and then disappears for days. How she gradually falls - hook, line and sinker - for him, forms the crux of the narrative.

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Emma Thompson, who stars as Kate's mother, Adelia, inadvertently carries much of the humor in the film. And yet "Last Christmas" turns out to be something less familiar.

They and the other co-stars are superb but it doesn't matter who they cast in those roles.

While Vanity Fair call it "not good [but] not awful, exactly" and while a "nice movie", Last Christmas is devoid of "a richer sense of soul or purpose". Not Golding. Not Yeoh.

Her son in that movie, played by Henry Golding, is flawless as a romantic lead. That said, it's a Christmas movie and Christmas movies do that. Unfortunately, it won't be a movie that fans of Christmas flicks return to, year after year.

Now sitting at a 49% Rotten Tomatoes score, the critics reviews share similar feelings - Last Christmas is nothing to write home about, but it's a good mindless festive rom-com. And I know, and it saddens me terribly, because I know I would love him.

Christmas in London is gorgeous, and nearly irresistible.

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