Last Christmas Review

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart and the very next day, you gave it away”

Emma Thompson pens an adapted screenplay from George Michael’s Last Christmas. She takes the song, dissects it and add a completely different meaning to it. If you listen to the song, it’s pretty evident how the story unfolds between Kate (Emilia Clarke) and Tom (Henry Golding) but the important thing is the lesson that is learned by the end of this film.

It’s a sweet film about a family of immigrants, from former Yugoslavia, who currently reside in London, England. Emma Thompson plays the eccentric and overbearing mother quite accurately and Emilia Clarke is the youngest daughter, who can’t get her life in order. Clarke and Thompson had such great energy and complimented each other. The family dysfunction mixed with the Christmas setting is always fitting because the pay off at the end is more meaningful.

The mystery that flows in and out of Kate’s life, is much like a ghost and Tom Webster is more than just a tall, handsome stranger.Whenever Kate is at her lowest or she feels defeated, Tom tends to show up and create some positivity in her life. Slowly, but surely, Tom mends Kate’s broken heart and helps her find her true calling.

The film may not make complete sense but the sentiment behind it is heartwarming. It shows us that we need to look deep within ourselves to rebuild our mind, body and soul. It takes time to mend our thoughts and feelings, but there is always enough time to do so. It also delivers a Christmas message, which should be used year round and that is, without even realizing it, in order to make ourselves happy we enjoy making others happy.

I also want to personally thank Emma Thompson and Paul Feig for using the best George Michael songs for the soundtrack. It’s such a lovely Christmas film and it made me feel warm inside. He definitely deserved a film like this.

The Knight Before Christmas Review

Another Christmas season is upon us and it wouldn’t be complete without a Vanessa Hudgens romantic comedy.

The Knight Before Christmas is a heartwarming fairytale about our journey through life and the treatment of others surrounding us. It is filled with holiday spirit and highlights different family units, who have to spend Christmas celebrating the way it works best for them. It’s a story that shows the value in paying forward kindness, gratitude, love and the craft of gift giving.

Vanessa Hudgens as Brooke, is darling in this, as she navigates her own feelings about love and Christmas traditions. The noble knight, Sir Cole, played by Josh Whitehouse, is on his journey of self discovery, or as one would say in the 1300’s, he was sent on a Quest. Hudgens has great facial expressions and her comedic timing is perfect and Whitehouse played with the duality of speaking in his medieval language, while adding modern day slang. The references and modernization of certain words like “wench”, showed how important language is and how much it has changed. Hudgens and Whitehouse had great chemistry and it felt magical.

The true meaning of Christmas is strong in this film and it was lovely to see the kindness spread throughout. It’s also important to keep family traditions, no matter how hard it may be. Whether you’ve lost a loved one or you can’t afford the gifts you think your family deserves, you can always make new traditions and honour the Christmas spirit.

Noelle Review

Christmas came early and it’s all thanks to Disney Plus! 

Noelle is a very refreshing take on the classic tale of the night before Christmas and what goes into making that day special. The Kringles, Noelle and Nick, have watched their father Kris spread Holiday cheer across the world for years. After his passing, Nick (Bill Hader) has to take the responsibility of becoming the next Santa and his sister Noelle (Anna Kendrick) must keep his holiday spirit in check. 

Noelle has a great story and the North Pole humour has reached new corny levels. It’s a Christmas story for this generation and it gives people a new perspective on the meaning of gift giving. Once Noelle (Anna Kendrick) leaves the North Pole to find her brother Nick – who is a yoga instructor in Phoenix, Arizona – she sees an entire different world of children losing hope and adults losing faith in the goodness of people. 

It’s a heartfelt film and it also reinforces that anyone can be right for the job if they truly believe in themselves and the goodness of others. There are beautiful moments in this film, thanks to Anna Kendrick’s jovial nature, that really brought the true Christmas spirit back. Kendrick and Hader were perfectly cast for their roles and I think this deserves a sequel!