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Elf – A Christmas Movie Must

Starring Will Ferrell, Bob Newhart & Zooey Deschanel

Rating 9/10

It may not have won any respectable awards, but when it comes to Christmas movies, this gets my top gong: 2 thumbs up and a toe!

This is Wil Ferrell at his best. Part child, part man, part elf, Ferrell plays Buddy, a human raised by North Pole Elves. One Christmas Eve, baby Buddy crawls into Santa’s sack while he’s delivering presents to Buddy’s orphanage.

Santa’s little stowaway is instantly loved and welcomed at the North Pole and Buddy is taken in by  Papa Elf (Bob Newhart), an older fella who was too busy climbing the elven career ladder to stop and have kiddies of his own. When he’s a full grown man, Buddy realises that he’s a human and heads to New York to find his real and ‘naughty’ dad.

The naive Buddy lands in New York with a cultural ‘thud’. When his real dad (James Caan) finds out he has a son… who is an Elf, comedy ensues. But it’s not all fun and games here. There is a message about looking at the world through the eyes of a child, even one that is fully grown. It is about taking joy in the little things and seeing the good in others.

This is a clever, funny, poignant film. Ferrell plays it perfectly. Zooey Deschanel provides a lovely, soft presence as Buddy’s love interest. It’s light, fluffy, funny and Christmassy. It’s even slightly ok for the kids to watch (except for a few slightly naughty words thrown in here and there).

Embrace your inner elf and get all Christmassy!

Merry Christmas to all my readers and thanks for sharing your film passion with me this year! More Best Picture and Oscar stuff to come. Enjoy!

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This entry was posted on December 14, 2011 by in Best Picture Films and tagged , , , .
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