REVIEW: ‘Last Christmas’ is like a rosy corner in a thorny world
By Bandook - November 6, 2019
There are musicals (Mamma Mia!), there are biopics on legendary musicians (Rocketman, Bohemian Rhapsody) and then, there are homages like Last Christmas.’ The movie lives breathes and sings its heart out for George Michael. Last Christmas is screening at a theatre near you.
Soundtrack available across all streaming platforms, now.
It is certainly grand that this is Emilia Clarke’s first project out after the massive success of Game of Thrones over eight seasons, but never for a second, forget that the real protagonist of the movie is the songs created by George Michael — solo or with Wham!
The story follows Kate who loves songs by Wham! and worships George Michael. She is an aspiring singer and Michael’s music travels with her on the journey called life.
When she is miserable in the Christmas shop, you can feel her pain through ‘Praying For Time.’ When she is fighting with the world for being unjust to her, that struggle is summarised in ‘Freedom! ‘90.’ When she is falling in love with the sweetest guy (oh if only you got a hug from Henry Golding) that cuddly feeling has support in ‘Heal The Pain‘.
When she is helping the homeless and when she is finding her footing, Michael’s songs walk her through the good times and some not so good ones. Because of the music, the movie feels like a bear hug you need during the ups and downs of the holiday season.
Hats off to Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings for finding the perfect spots in the story for the songs.
It prevents the movie from being a fanservice job and allows it to be a rosy corner in a thorny world. Quite literally, it’s as if the makers were singing This Is How (We Want You To Get High).
George Michael bid adieu to the mortal world on Christmas Day in 2016. ‘Last Christmas‘ takes his songs, does not ‘spare you from tears’ and gives the lyrics a special meaning.
Listen to the whole soundtrack on your fav streaming platform HERE>