First off: The trailer for this movie is an absolute lie. This is not unusual for trailers, which is why I prefer to avoid them. Why did I not do this for Last Christmas? Because the damn thing was everywhere. Everywhere, shilling its’ lies. Rude.
- Emilia Clarke is a horrible singer yet gets standing ovations cause Christmas
- Michelle Yeoh will barely be in this, we are going to waste her talent
- Emma Thompson is going to be a reasonable funny mum
- Henry Golding is an angel, coming back to earth after giving this mess of an Emilia his heart to save her a second time cause Christmas
- The tone of this movie will be Girl Stops Drinking Because She is Mesmerized by Christmas Angel Dick
This is absolutely is sweet Christmas movie, that is for sure. A Christmas cinnamon bun but instead of cinnamon they used George Michael. If you are not on board for that, obviously, you will not like this movie.
Emilia and her huge emotive eyes are not the bad guy here. Yes, she has been a wandering mess until wearing out her welcome at all fronts. Before I could become too annoyed by this behavior, the movie lets loose that it has only been a year. Up to a year ago, she has been a model citizen and daughter. And a brunette. Then last Christmas she had a sudden need for a heart transplant. Yes, she got incredibly lucky that Henry’s heart became available (not everything in the trailer was a lie, it just happened in the movie to a different tone) but something like that will still affect a person. She drinks. She sleeps with people. She does not look out for herself properly. She is not upset that she is alive, there is just a part of herself that does not feel like her. Until she literally gets a chance to know it. She makes friends with her heart. Yes, it’s low stakes here. Again, this is a Christmas movie.
Along this journey, there are gifts. Michelle Yeoh as more than a passing character. She is boss. She is Santa. She is the true romantic lead in her own sweet story. Emma Thompson is a panicked and needy mother. She is not perfect, but she is loved. Henry plays his role a bit sly. There was a time in the film I doubted his sneaky self was dead. I thought maybe he was alive and her heart was from a relative of his. You almost got me, you sneaky ghost prince.
Verdict: Pure champagne bubbles. As sweet a crowd pleaser as you will find in these here parts.
Oh, and Emilia has a beautiful singing voice.