Monday, December 13, 2010


Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Ed Asner, Jon Favereau, Mary Steenburgen, Bob Newhart, and James Caan

Directed by Jon Favereau

Release Date: November 7, 2003

Every year, a studio tries to create a holiday "classic" by trying way too hard and failing, leaving no memorable impression on the audience. Then in 2003, something amazing happened: a story about a 6'4" Elf coming to New York City...

All his life, Buddy the Elf (Ferrell) has felt different amongst friends and family at the North Pole. His adotive father, Papa Elf (Newhart), tells Buddy that he's not actually an elf, but a human who wandered into Santa's sack and soon became an elf for most of his life. Papa then tells him that his father, Walter Hobbs (Caan), lives in New York, but is in big trouble. Upon hearing this, Buddy is determined to track down his father, because HE'S ON THE NAUGHTY LIST!

Elf is a delightful comedy that is a treat to enjoy each year around the holidays. First of all, the set design and costuming for the North Pole and its' inhabitants is a wonderful throwback to the old Rankin Bass stop motion holiday specials such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Each moment in the North Pole is as if viewing a live action example of those specials brought to life and I truly enjoy these moments in Santa's Workshop. Soon, Buddy ventures into New York City, Ferrel definitely bursting off the screen with joy and exuberance as the gigantic elf searching for family and christmas cheer in NYC. The supporting cast is fantastic, from Caan, Newhart, and Asner, to the lesser known actors such as Faizon Love as the Gimbels' Toy Store Manager.
Give Elf a chance this holiday season, you'll be singing in a store soon enough, asking people what their favorite color is.
Rating: * * * * * of 5

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Elf (Infinifilm Edition)
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