Parents and their children can watch Last Christmas together and they will chuckle alike.
There have always been people who have done evil in the name of good or have been wolves in sheep’s clothing. The story underlying the short film Last Christmas — written by Freddie Hall and Oliver Kember, who also directs — is a cheerful variation on that theme.
Starring Daniel Ings (The Crown, Lovesick) as Santa Steve and Poppy Polivnick as Polly, the Girl, Last Christmas is about what happens when this fake Santa “comes face-to-face with Polly, a cynical seven-year-old who catches him stealing her presents.” While its humour is not so dark as, say, the similarly themed Bad Santa, the film does have its own Santa impersonator exploiting the naivety of the Noel, confident he will escape without consequence.
But Polly is having none of it, not without verifying that she has actually seen the storied Santa in the flesh. He doesn’t look like Santa, she notes. He tries to explain to her why. She accepts that as sensible, but she expects Santa to follow through. Santa has to eat his pies and give carrots to his reindeer, she insists. And eventually, Polly gives him her most difficult request yet. Surely, if he is in her house on the eve of Christmas, he must be Santa. The problem, however, is that no one can do everything that Santa is said to do.
Ever thought it was egregiously silly to say that a slim chimney could provide transport to a fat man? That silliness, that useful lie, turns out to be fatal.