FILM REVIEW: Last Christmas

The director of modern comedy classics like Bridesmaids, Spy and The Heathas just released his latest offering - and it's not what you'd expect.

Paul Feig is known for his crude but deeply hilarious films, which usually feature a strong helping of curse words and some physical comedy.

But Last Christmas, his new film starring Game of Thrones' mother of dragons herself Emilia Clarke, is quite unlike his most famous entries into the cinema landscape.

The film is, quite simply, very sweet.

It lacks the deep cynicism that emanated from Feig's last film - the murder mystery/comedy A Simple Favour - and instead presents audiences with a PG-rated magical story about learning to love oneself again.

It's the type of film that could be watched in a binge session with other London-set Christmassy flicks like Love Actually and Bridget Jones' Diary.

The most wonderful time of the year: Michelle Yeoh's Santa and Emilia Clarke's Kate experience Christmas all year round in their holiday-themed shop in Paul Feig's latest film Last Christmas, rated PG, in cinemas now.

The most wonderful time of the year: Michelle Yeoh's Santa and Emilia Clarke's Kate experience Christmas all year round in their holiday-themed shop in Paul Feig's latest film Last Christmas, rated PG, in cinemas now.

Written by co-star Emma Thompson (who appeared in both Love Actually and Bridget Jones' Baby, which she also co-wrote), Last Christmas follows Clarke's Kate in the weeks before Christmas as she meets a mysterious new man (Henry Golding, Crazy Rich Asians) and realises that maybe she should try doing some good this year.

Multiple people in Kate's life refer to her as the most selfish person they know. After suffering a serious health scare the year before, she feels untethered to the world, like she can't find her feet, which results in making poor decisions and letting people down.

The film has a backdrop of the recent Brexit vote (it's set in 2017) and there's an undercurrent of fear from non-native Brits like Kate's family (who are from the former Yugoslavia). But overall, the film is asking its audience to do one thing - just be kind and help others.

While its trailers and all associated marketing would have you believe Last Christmas is a rom-com - and it certainly is a comedy with romance - it is far more a movie of self-discovery.

It's easy to digest and features a truly charming performance from its leading lady.

And, if you couldn't guess by the title, it's also jam-packed with George Michael/Wham songs.

Rating: 7/10