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14 November 2021

You can't stop Christmas

by Jason Stone


Tesco: “Nothing Stopping Us” - 90s

This is fully deserving of five stars for two reasons: first, it is joyous and, second, it has provoked the UK's anti-vaxxers into a frothing fury. But, good as it is, it also has the whiff of a baton being passed imperfectly as it headed down the home straight. While most of the vignettes land beautifully – most notably, the Santa section which has so inflamed Britain's dimwits – some of them aren't quite there, and this interrupts the flow.

For instance, what are we supposed to make of the high-rise vignette? Are the couple looking down from the clouds expecting that no one will be able to deliver their food? If the young woman from Tesco is rescuing them, then why don't we see that? Was there a difficulty in suggesting that she was going to climb all those stairs? Whatever the cause, that scene feels oddly incomplete despite being allocated ten seconds.

But these are quibbles. On the whole, this is a film which matches the energy of the Queen track helping to carry the idea that nothing is going to stop us this year after the disappointment of the 2020 non-event.


Creative Agency: Bartle Bogle Hegarty Ⓟ Ⓦ
Group CCO: Joakim Borgström
CCO: Stephen de Wolf
ECD: Helen Rhodes
Creative Director: Kevin Masters / Christine Turner / Uche Ezugwu
Senior Creative: Lawrence Bushell / Luke Till
Creative: Tom Chancellor / Shruti Veeramchineni / Kevin Travis / Marion Cohen
Agency Producer: Georgina Kent
Ass't Prod (Agency): Rebecca Ellis
Film Production: Academy Films Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Si & Ad Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Ash Lockmun
Executive Producer: Simon Cooper
Cinematographer: Erik Wilson
Editor: Joe Guest Ⓦ @ Final Cut Ⓟ Ⓦ
Post Prod Producer: Antonia Vlasto
VFX: Electric Theatre Collective Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Philip Bolland @ Factory Ⓟ Ⓦ
Audio Producer: Beth Massey
Music Supervisor: Hywel Evans
Music Production: Goldstein Ⓟ Ⓦ
Music: Queen - Don't Stop Me

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