“A Christmas movie should be uplifting and take you through a lot of emotions,” says Paul Feig, breaking down what a holiday flick should entail. “By the end of the day, a Christmas movie should really say that life can be a nice thing if we all bond together; it’s just a good chance to remind people what they should be doing in the New Year — be nice to each other.”
The 57-year-old director of Spy and Bridesmaids himself has made Last Christmas, the Henry Golding-Emilia Clarke-starring Yuletide rom-com driven by the songs of George Michael. And what’s Feig’s favourite Christmas movie? “It’s a Wonderful Life,” says Feig. “That’s also my favourite movie of all time. So if Last Christmas can get anywhere within the ballpark of that movie, that would be magic for me.”
Alas, reviews for Feig’s movie hasn’t been kind (it scored a frosty 47 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes), with critics taking issue with its flat execution and the odd casting of Emma Thompson (also the co-writer) as a thick-accented Slavic immigrant. Then again, wasn’t It’s A Wonderful Life poorly reviewed when it first came out?
Meanwhile, 8days.sg gets on the phone with Feig from London and asks him about George Michael, Brexit and why he chose Thompson to play an émigré.