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Last Christmas Blu-ray Review

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“Last Christmas” isn’t likely to be a holiday classic.

The Story: Kate is not where she wants to be in life. She works as an elf at a year round Christmas store, she’s struggling to pursue a singing career, and she has moved back in with her parents. Things appear to be looking up, however, when she meets a mysterious man named Tom who seems to pop by at strange intervals. The two begin to bond and connect, but something seems a little off. What will become of their relationship? Can Kate turn her life around? All is revealed in the end.

Making a movie out of a song is probably not the best idea to begin with, but “Last Christmas” does just that with the late George Michael’s classic Christmas tune. Directed by the passionate but inconsistent Paul Feig and scripted by Bryony Kimmings and Emma Thompson, “Last Christmas” is a deceiving romantic comedy that collapses under the weight of a ridiculous twist near the end. To be fair, aside from some admirable socially aware plot elements involving Kate’s family, there wasn’t much to this “new lease on life” Christmas movie to begin with. It’s all very familiar and sappy. Only the aforementioned goofy twist sets it apart from the norm.

The sole reason “Last Christmas” is at least watchable is the cast. Emilia Clarke shows range as the hot mess Kate who is trying to get her life back together. Rising star Henry Golding is nothing short of charming as Tom. Michelle Yeoh (who is on a real career renaissance right now) is delightful as a scene stealing character. The only cast member who doesn’t fare well here is, shockingly, Emma Thompson. Thompson is usually fantastic in everything she does, but her turn as a Croatian mother elicits numerous cringes.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.00:1 1080p. How does it look?A crystal clear transfer.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Very lively (especially during the music scenes).

Extras:
* DVD copy
* Digital copy
* Universal trailers
* An alternate opening and ending and 15 deleted/extended scenes
* A lengthy and amusing 14 ½ minute blooper reel
* A full performance of “Last Christmas” from the movie.
* “Director In Vision”- A behind-the-scenes look at Paul Feig on set.
* “It’s All So Cold”- A sort of blooper reel of the cast freezing on set.
* “Try Not To Laugh”- Footage of the cast laughing (and trying not to) during one scene.
* “A Legacy Revealed”- The story of how the movie came to be.
* “Pure Golding”- A featurette about the character of Tom played by Henry Golding.
* “Emilia Recording Session”- The title says it all.
* “Love Letter To London”- An extra about the London location shooting.
* “Santa And Her Elf”- A featurette on the Santa and Elf/Kate characters.
* “Paul Feig Takes Over The Tram”- Paul Feig acts as Universal Studios Tour Guide (a job he once held).
* “12 Days Of Production”- Video diaries from the set.
* 2 commentaries. One by Paul Feig and the other with Feig and Emma Thompson.

February 2, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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