There’s no denying comedy maestro Paul Feig’s latest showing is for those who have a sweet tooth for the overly sentimental.
The Bridesmaids director produces a film here that hones in on that audience and provides dollops of adorable one-liners, Christmas glee and the typical fare from a holiday movie.
But with the combination of Feig at the helm and a story co-written by Oscar-winner Emma Thompson, this film about a London immigrant who can’t find her footing after recovering from an illness is a notch above the normal fare.
When Christmas shop employee Kate meets Tom, she’s annoyed with his cheery demeanour and penchant for always helping others. But as they get to know each other, they develop a fondness and Kate finds herself hoping to change for the better.
Played by Game of Thrones alum Emilia Clarke and Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding, the two leads sparkle together and provide enough chemistry to light up even the strange, quirky moments that don’t quite work.
Emma Thompson is wonderful as Kate’s overbearing mother, and Rich Asians co-star Michelle Yeoh steals the movie as ‘Santa’, Kate’s boss.
This one is sugar, spice, and everything nice, but without giving too much away, all I’ll say is bring a few tissues. It wouldn’t be a Christmas movie without a few tears.
Jordan Parker is a PR professional and journalist in Halifax, and these reviews appear first on his film blog Parker & the Picture Shows.