Last Christmas has been widely panned by critics.
The festive film, starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson, has been criticised for its inability to cement itself as a classic Christmas movie, with others dubbing it a ‘clunky, charmless disappointment.’
Assessment of the movie, which is inspired by the late George Michael and even boasts new music from him, proved to be so negative that others couldn’t fathom what the Wham! frontman ‘had done to deserve this’
‘Unintentionally funny and creepy’: Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson, has been widely panned by critics
In the film, written by Emma Thompson and her husband Greg Wise, Emilia’s character Kate, who has often been unlucky, finds work as a Santa’s elf for a department store and unexpectedly finds love with Tom, played by Henry Golding.
However, the movie’s merry message left a sour taste in the mouth of many.
Giving the movie a measly two stars, The Guardian branded Last Christmas ‘unintentionally funny and unintentionally creepy.’
‘The combination of Michael’s music, a cosy festive aesthetic, picturesque London scenery and an irresistible fascination over what the plot morphs into does make Last Christmas sort of digestible in a half-watching-while-drunk-on-eggnog kind of way but this really is a clunky, charmless disappointment. Last Christmas is, or at least should be, cancelled.’
‘Clunky and charmless’: The festive film, starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson, has been criticised for its inability to cement itself as a classic Christmas movie
Meanwhile, Variety says: ‘As much as we go into “Last Christmas” eager to see a nicely wrapped package of acerbic fun, the film falls short of that. It’s not so much clever, toasty, and affectionate as it is the faux version of those things.
‘The script feels like a rejected first draft with unfunny filler one-liners and a scrappy, ill-thought through narrative. It’s a beautifully wrapped Christmas gift that’s filled with rotten turkey leftovers.’
Another one star rating was given away by BBC, who raged: ‘What did George Michael do to deserve this? Why should the singer-songwriter and former Wham! frontman be associated with a brutally unfunny and contrived romantic comedy when he’s no longer around to object?
Oh no! Assessment of the movie, which is inspired by the late George Michael, proved to be so negative that others couldn’t fathom what the Wham! frontman ‘had done to deserve this’
‘Its visuals are so twinkly and its sentiments are so mushy that some people will see it as a holiday treat. But it’s appropriate that Kate spends half the film wearing elf boots which curl up at the end, because Last Christmas really is toe-curling stuff.’
The Digital Spy reviewed: ‘It doesn’t all quite come together for a true Christmas classic, even if it wears its tinsel firmly on its sleeve. There’s plenty of festive feels in Last Christmas, but it’s hard to imagine you returning to it year after year.’
Meanwhile, there were a few favourable reviews, with The Hollywood Reporter claims, ‘It’s a misfire by just about any measure, but it earns some warm feelings for its determination not to be like anything else currently in circulation.
Variety reviewed: ‘The script feels like a rejected first draft with unfunny filler one-liners and a scrappy, ill-thought through narrative’
‘Little can be said about the final act without stealing the film’s thunder. But a viewer who hasn’t been put off by one thing or another in the film’s first hour may well go along with its last left turn.’
Empire, which gives the movie a generous 3 out of 5 stars, claims: ‘The damp chemistry between Golding and Clarke takes some time to light, but eventually does so in the hands of a sweet, smart, funny script by Emma Thompson (who also plays Kate’s difficult mother), Greg Wise and Bryony Kimmings…
‘While it won’t be remembered as one of the great Christmas films, Last Christmas delivers enough moments of heart and humour to keep the festive spirit alive.’
Last Christmas hits cinemas November 7 in the UK, and November 8 in the USA.
Festive: Last Christmas hits cinemas November 7 in the UK, and November 8 in the USA