"Game of Thrones'" Khaleesi stars opposite "Crazy Rich Asians" star Henry Golding in this charming London-based film about a woman and the secret reason she's lost her zest for life.
"Game of Thrones" fans had better prepare to see a very different side of leading lady Emilia Clarke because she is nothing like Khaleesi in "Last Christmas" trailer, and yet she may be even more lovable in this first trailer at the upcoming romcom.
Showing off an easy charm and daft quirkiness opposite "Crazy Rich Asians" star Henry Golding, Clarke absolutely commands every moment she's on screen. There is a remarkable chemistry between her and Golding that should help propel the film at the holiday box office, as it's easy to see why they share this reluctant connection.
What's remarkable about the trailer is that what starts as a fairly typical romantic comedy reveals a deeper layer beneath the traditional trappings of the genre, thanks to a potentially powerful script by Emma Thompson, who also hilariously doubles as Clarke's disapproving mother.
The basic plot is that something is keeping Clarke's Kate from living her best life, or any kind of good life at all, and it's nothing external. As an elf at a Christmas store, she's supposed to represent all that is good and wondrous about the Christmas season, and yet there's a sadness hanging over her.
Enter Golding's Tom, who at first seems too good to be true. As she learns more about him, Kate even quips he should tattoo "Saint" on his forehead. But is he too good to be true, or is he hiding a secret as massive as the one Kate has been keeping?
The film is directed by "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig, who proved that women can be every bit as raucous and funny as men, and written by Thompson, who won an Oscar for her screenplay adaptation of "Sense and Sensibility."
What that says is that this film has the pedigree underneath its script and behind the camera to transcend the trappings of the traditional romcom and become something truly powerful. Add to that the music of George Michael, from which the title is taken, and count us already in line.
There are glimpses of that potential in this first look at the film, which is both charming and disarming in just three short minutes. There's a beauty to how it's filmed, a sweet innocence in the playful banter between the two leads and an underlying weight begging to add meaning and depth to everything.
Plus, we dare you to watch it and not fall in love with Clarke just a little bit more.
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