And this one goes in much more heavily on the dark side of the festive season. In this case it’s the illness Kate (Emilia Clarke) suffered the previous Christmas, which left her near death. 12 months on, the experience still has her in its grip and she struggles to move forward.
She works in a year-round Christmas shop run by Michelle Yeoh but her heart isn’t in it, and her mother Emma Thompson is suffocating with her concern.
Then into her life walks Henry Golding’s Tom, whom she finds admiring a pigeon which then promptly poos in her eye. (Only in movieland would that be the start of a beautiful friendship rather than the start of a viral video that follows you round the internet for all eternity, every blind date and job interview beginning with the words “you’re the pigeon poo girl!”)
Last Christmas features the music of George Michael and Wham!, so hopefully we’ll get Emma Thompson’s rendition of Wham Rap (Enjoy What You Do). I bet she knows all the words, everyone over 45 does.
Here’s the synopsis:
“Kate (Emilia Clarke) harrumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Henry Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart … and you gotta have faith.”
And yes I know it’s only September but we critics need time to work on our Wham and George Michael song title puns for when it hits US cinemas on 8 November and the UK on the 15th. Last Christmas is directed by Paul Feig, and written by Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings.
Watch the trailer now (you can see the first trailer here):