Thrillist Entertainment writers Emma Stefansky and Esther Zuckerman went into the new holiday-themed romance Last Christmas sorta already knowing what the big twist (which will be obviously spoiled here) was going to be. Like, it's kind of obvious if you think about it for two seconds. Nevertheless, the movie gives a lot of food for thought, so they decided to have a chat about it.
Esther Zuckerman: If you really want to know the big reveal in Last Christmas, you just have to listen to the opening lyrics of the Wham! song written by George Michael: "Last Christmas, I gave you my heart." Now take that very, very literally. Have you figured it out yet? No? Don't worry, we'll get there.
Emma, you and I went into Last Christmas basically knowing the twist, right? I had heard it through the grapevine and proceeded to tell just about everyone I know. But I think it's also fair to say that even though we had spoiled ourselves, we were still eager to see how it would all play out.
So the plot: Last Christmas, written by Emma Thompson and directed by Paul Feig, follows Kate née Katarina, played by a post-Daenerys Emilia Clarke. She's a mess! You know that because she drinks, has casual sex, and has decided to let her roots grow out! She also works, coincidentally, in a Christmas store, which means she is often wearing an elf costume. Her boss is "Santa" -- Michelle Yeoh's character who goes by the name of Santa. One day, Kate encounters a mysterious (but very, very handsome) man named Tom (Henry Golding of Crazy Rich Asians). He doesn't use a phone, but shows up at random, taking her on adorable adventures. Seems weird, huh?
Kate was ill the previous year, and she hasn't been doing a very good job of taking care of her mind and body, electing for burgers over kale and nights of drinking instead of dealing with her feelings. But through her interactions with Tom she starts to care for herself. He wants her to take better care of her heart. Why? It's his heart! She goes to his apartment and is met by a broker who tells her it's for sale. Why? Because the man who lived there... died... last Christmas... in a bike crash. He was an organ donor who GAVE KATE HIS HEART. Phew!
I'm going to say, for as crazy as this all sounds, I actually had a nice time watching this movie. It's goofy as hell, but Clarke is totally charming. She seems much more at home as a romantic comedy lead than she ever did as Daenerys Targaryen. Plus, I'm a sap and I shed a tear. What about you, Emma?