Release of “Last Christmas”

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BY Alexa Irizarry

Staff Reporter

On Nov. 8, the latest new Christmas movie, “Last Christmas,” was released in theaters.

Many students around campus said they are looking forward to seeing this new romantic comedy.

“I want to see it so bad,” said junior Ava Fusaro. “I have heard about this movie from seeing it advertised all over Hulu and YouTube. It looks like such a good movie to get into the holiday spirit.”

The movie is about a young woman named Kate, who has a job at a year-round Christmas shop. The movie was created with the intent to spread the holiday spirit.

According to the Associated Press, “she must dress daily in a green elf costume. A repeatedly self-described mess living couch to couch, Kate’s life begins to change after she meets a mysterious stranger (Henry Golding) whose life advice — ‘Just look up’ — would be too hokey for anything but aspiring meteorologists.”

After seeing the movie, some students have mixed reviews on how they thought the movie was.

“I thought the movie was okay. It wasn’t the best or the worst Christmas movie I have ever seen. It was mediocre,” said junior Lauren Parks.

Other students say the movie did not live up to their expectations.

“I wish the movie was a little funnier and more romantic,” said junior Samantha Hartson. “Since the genre of it is romantic comedy, I expected those two elements to be better executed than they were.” 

Featured within the film is Emilia Clarke, who is known for her role in “Game of Thrones” as Daenerys Targaryen.

According to the Associated Press, “Clarke’s natural charm comes through – she looks ecstatic to be out of Westeros and playing a less upright character – but such a fleabag-screwup role feels better suited to a more comedic performer.”

Clarke’s performance in “Game of Thrones” was enjoyed by some students.

“She was a very strong female character, she was a leader and was seen as a hero to many people early in the show when she was freeing slave cities,” said junior Steven Travares.

“Emilia Clarke did not really have much of a love life in the show and was very independent. Seeing her in a genre like this would leave a weird feeling while watching it,” said Travers.

This has been Clarke’s first role since the ending of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” in April.

Some say that the world tries to plan and anticipate Christmas by getting into the spirit prior to Thanksgiving.

“I hate Christmas movies that are released before Thanksgiving because Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday,” said sophomore Chris MacDonald. “By playing Christmas movies too early, I think it takes away from the Thanksgiving mood.”

On the other hand, students enjoy the Christmas spirit beginning a month earlier.

“I think Christmas movies being released before Thanksgiving is a good thing. I love it because it gets people more in the holiday spirit,” said sophomore Sydney Abate.

Many say they have their favorite holiday movie that they cannot wait to watch once it’s Christmas season.

“My favorite Christmas movie is ‘Elf’ because it is full of cheer and is very entertaining. It always makes me so much more excited for Christmas,” said freshman Julia Dimino.

According to the Associated Press, “‘Last Christmas,’ which is a Universal Pictures release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for language and sexual content. The running time is 103 minutes and it received two stars out of four.”

 

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