Elf (2003)

Another classic Christmas film. Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf. An over-excitable, childish 30 year old Elf/human. An adventure from the Elf world to the human world and Buddy struggles to fit in anywhere. A film to be loved by children and admiration for the audience of the Christmas spirit.

When Buddy has grown up 30 years of his life thinking he is an elf, discovering he is actually human breaks him, he feels like he doesn’t fit in to the Elf world anymore. So an adventure he goes, a journey to New York City to find his real father, Walter (James Caan), but it isn’t as simple as that. I love the differences between the Elf world and the human world, it plays with the imagination for children to appreciate; as the Elf world is full of animated arctic animals and a talking snowman, children love it. Then the dramatic change to the human world, one we know so well (obviously), but one that Buddy is not used to and finds it extremely difficult to fit in. As Buddy tries to understand this new world, we fall in love with his character, in hope that he can spread some Christmas spirit that he believes in so powerfully.


Buddy is of course played amazingly well by Will Ferrell. His character is comical for the audience as his personality explodes fun and joy. Full of Christmas joy, he’s over-excitable when it comes to revolving doors, lifts and many other things he’s not used to. As he crashes into a Department Store, he meets a fellow Elf, well Jovie (a blonde Zooey Deschanel) earning money around the holiday season. Jovie is a brilliant character to compliment the changes Buddy has to be make in order to fit in to this new world. Buddy is a very over the top character, but this is done on purpose as children (who this film is most for) would appreciate the exaggerated Christmas-filled emotions. For example, there’s use of many special effects to get the audience experiencing the personality of Buddy.

The film starts cleverly with Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) narrating to the audience, talking to us personally bringing in the life of Buddy. Papa Elf is a character that brings the story to a beginning and an end, an excellent way of a full circle for the audience. Of course, this is another film with a beautiful ending, expected of Christmas films. Because “Santa Claus is coming to town”.

I would recommend watching this over-excitable Elf come to grips with his new life, but also spreading Christmas spirit as we love all the excitement that is revolved around this holiday season. However, I would say this is more of a film for children or families. But still should be appreciated in a comical and Christmassy way.


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