There’s nothing quite like watching a Christmas movie to get you in the holiday mood. But with so many classics available, how do you decide which one to watch? Eevee’s Suzanne Camfield takes the pain out of choosing with another of her festive film reviews. This week’s offering? Elf.
Elf is one of my favourite Christmas films; it is funny, heart-warming and has a brilliant cast.
This 2003 Christmas comedy stars Will Ferrell as Buddy the elf, an orphan who crawls into Santa’s sack and is kept and raised by an older elf at the North Pole. When Buddy discovers he is actually a human, he sets out to find his birth father in New York and spread the Christmas spirit to his new family. Elf is typically Will Ferrell. It has Ferrell’s sense of humour and comic timing all the way through. Despite the humour element, this film has strong Christmas theme, and at the heart of it is the message that family is very important – especially at Christmas time.
The supporting cast includes James Caan as Buddy’s biological father, and Caan is excellent in his role as a cynical publisher – his character also provides a nice contrast to Buddy. What American rom-com, even if it is Christmas themed, would be complete without a love interest? Zooey Deschanel plays the cynical department store elf that Buddy’s childlike nature touches. Another strong role in the film is the city of New York, which the audience feels like they’re discovering along with Buddy.
The film is directed by former-actor Jon Favreau, known for action movies such as Iron Man. When released, Elf was a critical success. It earned almost seven times its production cost of $33 million at the worldwide Box Office. It is described as a classic, despite only being released ten years ago. There are some scenes in the film which are well-known, and you may have seen them even if you haven’t seen the film. An example of this is when Buddy gets hit by a taxi and continues to get up and walk off as if nothing has happened. Youtube will help you if this doesn’t make any sense!
If you haven’t seen Elf, it is perfect for family viewing. Apart from being very funny, it has a heart-warming message of love and the importance of family. Watch it once, and I have no doubt that it will become regular Christmas viewing in your household.
More of Suzanne’s work can be found on her blog: www.suzannecamfield.wordpress.com