DAY 11 – ELF (2003)

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Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Bob Newhart, Peter Dinklage

Directed by: Jon Favreau

Synopsis: After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

This film probably needs no review from me. It is a staple of Christmas nowadays (certainly in my house) as much as Mince Pies and sherry. It is hard to believe it is now ten years old!

I think this is one of Will Ferrell’s best roles (I might be the only person in the world who quite quickly grew tired of his work, bar Anchorman, Old School and Zoolander) as it is frequently hilarious through out, has many, many quotable moments and scenes. Yes, it gets sentimental towards the end, but it’s a Christmas film so we can forgive that.

I read an article the other day which summed it up best. The guy who wrote it said his Christmas is ruined this year because the rights to show Elf have been bought by Sky, meaning us regular network TV viewers won’t get to see it. And Elf being on TV is usually the signal that Christmas is in full swing.

I’m not going to go into the plot here, because, like I mentioned in my Home Alone review, you have all probably seen Elf by now. If there is one film that will be regarded as a much watch Christmas classic for years to come, it is surely this film about the travails of Buddy the Elf?

4.5 clappers

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12 comments

  1. Loved it when I first saw it back as a little kid in ’03, love it still to this day. Good review Thomas.

  2. I agree, it’s a Christmas Classic already! You’re not the only one who got tired of Will Ferrell. I like him in this and especially in Stranger than Fiction, where he drops the not-always-funny comedy routine.

    • I find a lot of comedic actors are better when doing straight roles. Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler?

      • Yes!! “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” is probably Carrey’s best! (IMO). I don’t know if I’ve seen any movies where Adam Sandler plays a straight role.

      • Reign Over Me and Funny People are two decent examples of straight Sandler. Otherwise, apart from The Wedding Singer, I can’t stomach the guy!

      • rmorris

        Yes, Reign Over Me and Funny People are good showcases for Sandler’s acting chops. Punch Drunk Love (though I didn’t really care for it) is also a “straight” role for him.

      • Totally forgot that one, that is a great film. Yeah check out Punch Drunk love as well, directed by the amazing Paul Thomas Anderson

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