Spoiler Room: Last Christmas

Whether it’s due to a unique plot twist or some controversial subject matter that deserves further exploration, the Spoiler Room provides a place for our authors, and you readers, to discuss a film’s details outside of our regular spoiler-free reviews.

You may be familiar with a certain type of meme that takes a format something like:

Girl: I’m having heart surgery today

Boy: I know

Girl: I love you

Boy: I love you more

*after heart surgery, her dad is the only person in the room*

Girl: Where is he?

Dad: Don’t you know who gave you the heart?

That’s essentially the plot of Last Christmas. Though in the film, the romance takes place between a ghost (or angel? Figment of the imagination? I have no idea) and a living woman. The whole film takes place a year after Henry Golding’s Tom has died and Emilia Clarke’s Kate has received his heart in a transplant. “Last Christmas I gave you my heart.” Get it? It’s a ridiculous twist that brings up a lot more questions than it answers, but there was a lot of care taken in the set-up that isn’t always seen in instances of such absurdity. Just watching the film, it would’ve been hard to guess it was coming; going in without expecting it would likely make the experience of watching the film a bit better, but the trailer revealing some moments from near the film’s end frustratingly made it all too easy for many to figure out the twist. I didn’t see it as adding much to the film as it threw it into a sort of imbalance (which you can read more about in my review) but it did make the film somewhat more interesting and it kept me thinking about it more than I may have otherwise so maybe it did achieve its goal.

Did you see the twist coming? Was it a smart play on the song lyrics and the plot of the film or just plain dumb? What was Henry Golding’s character anyway? Ghost? Angel? Tyler Durden style delusion? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. I honestly didn’t pick up on any of it from the trailer, but a friend posited their theory which proved 100% correct. I thought it was distracting at first like the scene of her changing and the guys whistling (I feel like I would have picked up on the twist at that point but who knows) but then he started actually opening doors and interacting with objects and I really started to question if I knew the twist. I still liked it but the messy ill-defined nature of his existence kinda bothered me.

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    • Similar situation here. As you know, I’d heard about it before I saw the film but wasn’t sure if it was true. Had no idea from the trailers but I never pay too much attention to trailers so maybe I would’ve been able to figure it out if I’d really looked. I suppose she could’ve just been opening doors herself and imagining him. But if she just imagined him then how did she know his name and where he lived? It’s all a bit confusing.

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