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As the festive period is now on the way, it is now that I start to get together some great Christmas movies to watch with my family. We end up getting this movie I am reviewing out every year and have done for a few years now, because me and all my family love it.
When Buddy played by Will Farrell, sneaks into Santa's bag during a Christmas visit when Santa is dropping him off his presents at his house. Santa ends up taking Buddy home accidentally in his Christmas present sack, all the way to North Pole, and after one thing leads to another it is one of Santa's most trusted Elf's who ends up adopting young Buddy at the North Pole.
When Buddy starts to get older at the North Pole, in fact when he reaches 30, it starts to become crystal clear to him that he is not like the other Elf's that he is living with. As a human he grows much bigger than the Elf's, and does not share there natural talent of making toys, which makes life difficult for him around the North Pole. When Buddy hears the other Elf's talking behind his back about him not being human, things start to add up in his mind, and his step father decides it is time to tell him the truth.
So once Buddy learns the truth he wants to meet his makers, and luckily for him he still has a father living in New York City. There is one problem though, his real father is a hot shot business man who works in the Empire State Building, and is also on the naughty list. And that is pretty much when the movie really starts to get going, with Buddy leaving the North Pole on a quest to find his father.
To be honest this is not really a clever kind of movie, the comedy is not put together cleverly or intelligently, and if I am being honest it is a pretty stupid movie. But, it does have a endearing and charming quality to it, which helps to make the stupidity work. Zooey Deschanel plays Buddy's romantic interest Jovie, she becomes Buddy's friend, and along with Buddy does a great job at creating the soft, lovely and enchanted image that this movie has.
The song which Buddy and Jovie duet half way through the movie together, and then which pops up again at the end is really happy and gives you the Christmas spirit, it really does do a great job along with the movie at putting you in the Christmas mood. I have now watched a few movies starring Will Farrell since watching him in this, and have not yet seen him come close to his performance in Elf. In fact I can actually think of any other movies that he is in, which stand out as great.
Yet in this movie I thought he was fantastic, his facial expressions and simple character had me laughing out loud a few times. I for one as you have probably already guessed love this movie, and so do the rest of my family, it is a laugh a minute. We seem to not really watch it all year round, but then when Christmas is approaching, we get it out and watch it a couple of times.
If you have not seen Elf then you are missing out, it is jam packed with Christmas fun, and is suitable for the whole family. This is without a doubt a movie, me and my family will be watching for many christmas's to come.
We have a good selections of Christmas DVD's to watch at our house because we do love the build up to Christmas and I think it is a lovely think to have the fire on, the tree all lit up and just cuddle up and watch a film. One of the films in our collection is Elf which was released in 2003 and this is my review of it.
We first meet Buddy in the orphanage one Christmas Eve. Santa is there delivering presents and all of the babies are asleep bar one....this is Buddy and he sneaks in to Santa's sack and is taken back to the North Pole with Santa. At first Santa and all his elves are mortified at the baby being taken back to the North Pole but Papa Elf has always wanted to be a Father and never really had the opportunity so he raises him as his own. Obviously Buddy isn't small though like other elves and he grows and develops in to a tall man and begins to realise that he doesn't quite fit in with the other elves and so when his Papa tells him he was adopted he sets off on a search for his real Dad which leads him to New York City. When he does come across his real Dad Buddy soon comes to learn why he is on Santa's naughty list but sets about trying to teach his Dad and many others in New York about the beauty and magic of Christmas in the only way he knows how.
Buddy the elf is played by Will Ferrell and I think he is perfect for the role. There is something very sweet about how Buddy is a six foot something Elf yet is probably the most wonderful elf around in my opinion. He is full of love for Christmas and finds it hard to understand why some others don't share his love for it when he gets to New York City but what I really like is how Buddy doesn't let himself change, at least not in the long run anyway. It is heart warming to watch him in his elf clothes in New York and not really even thinking about the fact that he looks out of place. Will Ferrell also plays Buddy in a really funny way and there are lots of scenes which make us laugh out loud including one particularly great scene in a shops grotto where he is so excited to see Santa until he realises it is just someone dressed up as Santa and proceeds to jump on him and expose him as a fraud!
When we first meet Buddy's real Father, played by James Caan, it is hard to like him. He doesn't want to accept Buddy because he wasn't aware he even existed but more so he is embarassed by Buddy and wants to change him. He is quite a ruthless business man too and I found myself thinking Buddy was so much better off with Papa Elf but as the story goes on you see Buddy's Dad change as he starts to appreciate what a good person Buddy is and how he always sees the best in people. Right at the end of the film we see him work together with his family to basically help save Christmas and it is in this moment you know he has changed and started to appreciate family time and the other things that matter.
I like how Buddy falls in love in this film too. He meets Jovie who is working in a department store in the grotto and is dressed as an elf and so he is immediately drawn to her though to him she is just an actual elf. To Jovie Buddy comes across as a little eccentric but I think she can tell that he is a warm hearted, good person and so she starts to spend time with him. What's more she really enjoys spending time with him and again she is key in helping to save Christmas when people have stopped believing in Santa. She starts a sing along close to central park and as people join in with the carolling the feeling of good will around Christmas rises and helps Santa and his broken sleigh get on his way again.
Whilst this film does have many parts which make me feel good and smile there is also a lot in the film that makes me laugh. I suppose with Will Ferrell at the helm you are going to realise that it is a bit of a goofy kind of comedy with silly things going on to make you laugh but for us it does make us laugh. We take it at face value and do find amusement in seeing a fully grown Buddy sit on tiny Papa Elfs lap or sat in a classroom towering over other elves. There is a great scene where Buddy helps his step brother in a snowball fight and destroys the bullies who were throwing them at his brother and it is really funny to watch. It is a sweet film, it makes us laugh and it is great for the run up to Christmas in my opinion.
The film carries a PG rating and in my opinion there isn't really anything in it that would make me not let a child watch it. My son really enjoys this film and we watch it at least once on the run up to Christmas. It runs for approximately 95 minutes and I think this is a good length. It flows nicely and there aren't any parts that I think are too drawn out or too rushed either for that matter. It is just easy to watch and enjoy in my opinion. You can buy this DVD from amazon for £3.91 which is an excellent price and it is defintely a film I recommend.
Thank you for reading my review!
Buddy is an orphan who as a baby accidentally gets taken back to the North Pole in Santa's sack. He is bought up by an elf, but never really fitted in with the other elves because he looks different and isn't as good at making toys. As an adult he decides to leave home and go to New York to meet his real father. Having never left the North Pole, Buddy is in for a bit of a surprise and is understandably naïve when he arrives in the city. This makes for great comedy.
Will Ferrell is excellent as Buddy, while Zooey Deschanel is kooky as ever playing the department store elf that he falls for. Buddy's real father is a ruthless executive played by James Caan and Santa is Ed Astner.
Elf is a typically light hearted family Christmas film with the cliché 'true spirit of Christmas' theme running through it. It's one I watch every year and never gets old. Will Ferrell is fantastic in this playing the out of place Buddy. This always gets me in a Christmassy mood and is refreshingly different to the usual Christmas films.
The usual suspects for a Christmas film including Santa baby, Winter wonderland, Jingle bell rock. It's a generally upbeat, jolly soundtrack - exactly what you would expect.
Released in: 2004
Running Time: 93 mins
Age Certificate: PG
Available for: £3.29 (Amazon 16/07/12)
For many years our family Christmas tree tradition involved all settling down together to watch Home Alone after the tree and decorations were all put up.
Four years ago, however, we noticed that a Christmas film we'd never seen before, simply titled Elf, was on tv just as we were finishing, so we decided to watch Home Alone later, got the hot chocolate ready (with a splash of Bailey's, obviously, with it being Christmas and all!) and settled ourselves on the sofa for what we hoped would be festive cheer.
How glad we were that we did!
Elf tells the tale of Buddy, one of Santa's elves, who finds out he's human and decides to travel to big bag New York City to find his real dad...cue many hilarious episodes with innocent, naive, child-like Buddy trying to adapt and come to terms with the real world, having lived at the North Pole all his life.
Watching Christmas films I expect to feel nostalgic, emotional, amused...I never expected to laugh out loud, but watching Elf you just can't help yourself. There are many many laugh out loud moments and even now, thinking about them some of them make me giggle still.
Will Farrell really exceeds himself and I don't think this film would have worked half as well with any other actor playing the part of Buddy...I find he's an actor much like Jim Carey...nobody else could quite get away with the roles they play.
Needless to say our Christmas tree tradition has now changed and we religiously watch Elf now. Even after four years of watching it, it still makes us laugh, including my husband, who doesn't often laugh out loud at the television and Christmas just wouldn't be the same without it.
Santa's coming? I KNOW HIM!!!
* FILM ONLY REVIEW *
I adore Christmas movies, finding that they help invoke some 'Christmas Cheer' in my household in the run up to the festive season. I particularly like Christmas movies in the Comedy genre, but have found that many of them are very lame, or are overly cheesy and so become more of an annoyance than anything.
"Elf", a 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell as 'Buddy' who is a Christmas elf working for Santa Claus in the North Pole, is a rare exception to this in my opinion, instead delivering laugh after laugh during its 90 or so minutes.
The film begins by showing us a story book, being read aloud by a small elf (played by Bob Newhart) in the North Pole. This elf reads us the story of how once upon a time a human baby came to be in the North Pole by accident. It later transpires that the elf reading the story is in fact Buddy's adoptive father, known as "Papa Elf".
The audience learn of how Buddy, as a baby, ended up in the North Pole and was raised by the elves assisting Santa Claus in his preparations for Christmas and the Festive season. We see Buddy helping the other elves in making the toys for Santa Claus to deliver to the children on Christmas Eve and unfortunately he is not at all capable of undertaking his elf duties to the same degree as his colleagues and neighbours... mainly due to his un-elf-like size.
What transpires of course, is that Buddy is unaware that he is in fact human and when he finds out he is understandably upset and rather out of sorts. After learning the whereabouts of his biological father, Walter (played by James Caan) who never knew that Buddy was born, and who works and lives in New York City, Buddy immediately decides to track down his father and so heads off to New York to meet him...
The film shows us the hilarious predicaments that face Buddy as he tries to come to terms with a completely new environment and all of its 'mod-cons', which are of course a stark contrast to the more traditional and tranquil surroundings of the North Pole. There are some particularly funny scenes not long after Buddy arrives in New York that show the audience how Buddy has no awareness when it comes to the busy New York traffic. After playfully jumping across a busy zebra crossing in the middle of a busy road, Buddy is later shown to be hit by a yellow taxi cab as he has obviously had no awareness when crossing the road. Will Ferrell's dead-pan expression and spot-on comedy timing make these scenes particularly amusing, and they are among my favourite from the movie.
In addition, there are other reminders of Buddy's ignorance to modern life, and in particular life in a busy American city, peppered throughout the remainder of the film, so that the audience is reminded constantly of Buddy's background. Most or all of the scenes are very amusing, and I think that Buddy's innocence really helps to invoke a feeling of sympathy and fondness in the viewing audience towards our main character whilst finding him very funny and making us laugh at his antics. I feel that Will Ferrell did a good job at working both these aspects of Buddy's character into the film, and I think that a lot of other comedy actors would not quite have managed to pull it off with the same success.
The supporting cast work well with Will Ferrell in their respective roles. James Caan gives a good enough performance as Walter (Buddy's dad) to have the audience feeling (initially, at least) that he is a bit mean and thus invoke more feelings of empathy or sympathy towards our Elf as a result. It has to be said that this is not Mr Caan's most impressive role of course, but as the film is a light-hearted Christmas comedy movie, I don't think that this matters too much. Walter's wife, Emily (played by Mary Steenburgen) doesn't have a particularly big part in the film, but when she does appear, she comes across as being very warm and caring and very understanding towards Buddy's plight. This works well as a contrast to grumpy Walter's rather unsympathetic and impatient actions at times, and the pair have enough chemistry on-screen, and are competent enough actors that the 'family' scenes or the 'home' scenes are carried off quite effectively.
Of course, many successful Christmas movies have a bit of a 'love story' in their midst and Elf is no exception. Buddy meets Jovie (played by Zooey Deschanel) who is working - ironically enough - as one of Santa's elves in a department store Christmas Grotto. After the pair's disastrous first meeting, they become friends and then start to date, with some highly amusing antics along the way, which of course provide even more comedic moments for the viewing audience.
The plotlines in the film are good enough to carry from the start of the film to the end, but they are not the strongest I have ever come across, which is to be expected with a comedy film such as this one in my experience. That said, there were no 'loose ends' left hanging, and the audience are really left in no doubt as to the ultimate outcome of our Elf as the end credits begin to roll.
All in all, I find that Elf is a Christmas Comedy movie that I thoroughly enjoy watching each festive season and will continue to do so. Even though I have watched the movie at least five times, I still find myself laughing out loud at several points throughout, and to me that is evidence enough of its humour. I find too that the snowy scenes and wintry New York backdrop are quite atmospheric which helps me to get in the festive mood. I really don't have anything negative to report about this film at all.
I have never felt the need to own a copy of the DVD myself, as it is not a movie I would watch outwith the Festive season, and it is usually shown on Channel 4 or Channel 5 at least once throughout the Christmas period. If however, you want to buy a copy of the DVD, you can find it on www.amazon.co.uk for £2.99 with free postage (price as @ December 2011), although I am obviously unsure of any bonus features that may appear on the disc.
Oh how I adore this film. I love it. It is so very Christmasy and that is why I love it.
Will Ferrell plays the role of Buddy the Elf and he plays the part amazingly well. He was in an orphange and crawled into Santa's sack whilst he was delivering presents on Christmas Eve. Upon arriving back home at the North Pole the baby is discovered and he is given to Papa Elf who raises him as an elf. Unbeknown to Buddy he is of course human and not an elf and it is here the comedy begins. We see Buddy crammed into places and furniture which is teeny and elf sized whereas he is big and human sized.
After Buddy's failed toy making attempts Papa Elf decides it is time he knew the truth. When he finds out his real father is on the Naughty list Buddy makes his way to New York to meet him and get him to change his ways.
After a long journey from the North Pole to New York, Buddy tries to find his dad, on his way we see him entering a run down coffee shop which claims to have the worlds best coffee, Buddy takes this littarelly and this is where his child like elfness is really shown. He has no idea about what to expect in the real world as he is so used to being in the North Pole and at Santa's workshop.
He finds his dad who get's security to remove him, now bear in mind Buddy is still dressed like an elf, they tell him to get back to Gimbles. They assume he is working there and he does as he is told and does head to Gimbles. He does actually end up working here and makes the most fabulous Christmas display through the night.
He tries to get his fathers attention many times throughout this part of the film.
It is here he meets a girl.... ahhhh.
He overhears her singing in the shower and goes in and starts to sing with her. Buddy being completely innocent and child like doesn't see this as strange in anyway!
When the security guy at Gimbles announces that Santa will be in store tomorrow we see Buddy get very excited and he starts shouting 'Santa, Santa, I know him'!!
Of course the guy means the stores Santa and not the real thing but Buddy has no concept of this idea.
When Buddy discovers that it is indeed an imposter Santa, he and 'Santa' have a huge fight which results in Buddy getting arrested. His father is called and he bails him out.
He decides on getting a DNA test which prooves that Buddy was correct all along. Walter's wife (Walter is Buddy's dad) insists that they must care for Buddy untill he is well.... after all what grown man thinks he is actually an elf?? Unless of course he is an elf!!
Walter has another son Michael who at first does all he can to avoid Buddy until the fantastic snowball fight!!
Walter also takes Buddy to work in the office where he is placed down in the postal area, it is here he get's drunk with a co worker and they have a little drunken dance session.... So funny. As is the bit where Buddy drinks a huge bottle of coke then lets out a massive burp, followed by 'did you hear that'!!
Buddy also messes everything up when he calls a big client an elf when in fact he is actually just a little person. Oh he goes crazy and ends up diving across the table at Buddy who then calls him 'an angry little elf'!
Walter goes a little mad and throws Buddy out.
All together now ahhhhhhhh....
Buddy is wandering around New York when he see's Santa's sleigh crash in Central Park, Buddy races to help and it is here Buddy proves he can do something right.... he set's about fixing the sleigh.... GO BUDDY!!!
Michael shouts at his dad, and we see Walter go in search of Buddy.
To get the Sleigh to fly again a little Christmas magic is needed.
The joy of Christmas needs to be spread ~
The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear
Jovie (the girl who Buddy likes fro Gimbles) remembers Buddy saying this and she starts to sing and is soon joined by everyone.
Michael steals Santa's book to make people believe, he reads out people's wishes.... Only wishes Santa himself would know!
Jovie sings 'Santa Claus is comin' to town' and as everyone joins in the sleigh picks up speed.... but not enough as someone isn't singing..... Walter!
We see children singing along and even a biker crew!!
The joy of Christmas picks up and soon with a nudge from his wife Walter joins in and we see the sleigh rise up high!
And there is more to this story but I don't want to spoil the ending, for those who have watched it... isn't is fab, for those who haven't......... Watch it asap!!
This is a great film, it is definitely one of my favourites and I just love it when this comes on the telly as it feels so much more like Christmas.
Will Ferrell as Buddy Hobbs
Bob Newhart as Papa Elf
Ed Asner as Santa
James Caan as Walter Hobbs
Zooey Deschanel as Jovie
Mary Steenburgen as Emily Hobbs
Daniel Tay as Michael Hobbs
Faizon Love as Gimbel's manager
Peter Dinklage as Miles Finch
Amy Sedaris as Deb
Michael Lerner as Fulton
Andy Richter as Morris
Kyle Gass as Eugene
Artie Lange as Gimbel's Santa
Leon Redbone (voice) as Leon the Snowman
Ray Harryhausen (voice) as Polar Bear Cub
Jon Favreau as Dr. Leo
Peter Billingsley (uncredited) as Elf
Maurice LaMarche (uncredited) as the dub of Buddy's belch
Off Wiki ~
The soundtrack was released in November 2003 in the USA and in October 2005 in the UK.
"Pennies from Heaven" - Louis Prima
"Sleigh Ride" - Ella Fitzgerald and the Frank De Vol Orchestra
"Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" - Lena Horne
"Sleigh Ride/Santa Claus Party" - Ferrante and Teicher/Les Baxter
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" - Leon Redbone/Zooey Deschanel
"Jingle Bells" - Jim Reeves
"The Nutcracker Suite" - Brian Setzer
"Christmas Island" - Leon Redbone
"Santa Baby" - Eartha Kitt/Henri René and His Orchestra
"Winter Wonderland" - Leon Redbone
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" - Eddy Arnold
"Nothing from Nothing" - Billy Preston
And I have a few favourite quotes, these can be found on wikiquote also. These are just a few of my favs.~~
[Whispering to fake Santa] You stink. You smell like beef and cheese! You don't smell like Santa.
[To fake Santa] You sit on a throne of LIES.
^^^^^^These are before the fight!
[Repeated several times throughout movie] First, I went through the seven levels of the Candy Cane Forest... Then, I went past the sea of twirly, swirly gumdrops... And after that: I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel.
I also have some favourite scenes, but reading them isn't the same unless you have watched it and know how they go.
So what ya waiting for???
GO WATCH ELF!!!!!
I just love to cuddle up on the sofa with the kids and settle down to watch this film, it's especially nice when all the Christmas decorations are up and it's very snug. I think this is an ideal film to watch in Christmas Eve! The film just brings out the child like excitement that you feel when your, well a child!!
A brilliant film!!
Love this film.
When I first started watching this film I thought it seemed a bit old fashioned and dull so I immediately thought it was going to be boring and that I wouldn't like it but I couldn't have been more wrong.
The film starts off where we see a baby in an orphanage crawl into Santa's sack and then we find out that the baby was Buddy who is now fully grown and living in the North Pole trying to fit in with the other elves but realising that he is just a tiny bit bigger than them. When Buddy finds out that he was in an orphanage and that his father lives in New York Buddy immediately sets out to find him. This is where the film gets good as Buddy arrives in New York and tries to convince his father that the man in the elf costume is actually his son. On his travels Buddy has some very comical mishaps but actually meets a lovely girl but Buddy is still an elf at heart and nothing can take that away from him.
This film is really funny as Buddy explores New York in his own elf way. Will Ferrell stars as Buddy and he is excellent is his role as he looks so funny as an elf but makes it so convincing.
This story flows really well and this film is not at all boring and keeps you laughing until the end. It is a lovely heartwarming film about christmas spirit but is more unique as it is not just about Santa Claus so is a lot of fun to watch.
It definately gets me in the Christmas spirit as it is set in New York so has the magical trees and snow that are essential for any Christmas film. I would definately recommend this film
There is something about Will Ferrell that smacks of lovable yet slightly naughty school boy to my mind, which is quite possibly why he was chosen to take the role of Buddy the elf in the movie, Elf.
The film was released in 2003 and was written by David Berenbaum and directed by Jon Favreau, they must have done a decent job between them too, as it never seems to matter that I have seen it before. Each time the film still manages to hold my attention.
The films main character is Buddy, who was raised at the North Pole by his adoptive father, Papa Elf - Bob Newhart. Buddy has been raised as an elf and even though he is much larger and less gifted at doing 'elf stuff' than the other elves, he is shocked and surprised when discovers that he is really a human being.
Buddy decides to go find his biological dad, Walter - James Caan, so makes his way to New York City where Walter is a successful workaholic publishing executive. At first Walter disbelieves that this 6ft plus man dressed as an elf can be anything other than a fake, but is eventually persuaded to allow to Buddy move into the family home.
Some wonderful moments ensue at the family home, such as when Buddy hears the central heating pipes gurgling and calls his dad, again and again or covers any meal in his path with sweets, sweets and more sweets, because after all he is an elf!
Buddy soon falls for a pretty department store clerk, whom he meets when in the stores christmas toy department. Buddy is mistaken for a staff member, well he is dressed as an elf after all and the friendship grows.
Over night Buddy manages to create the most wonderful christmas grotto which reminds him of Santa and home. Buddy is excited to hear that santa has arrived at the grotto, but outs him as a fake and all hell breaks loose.
Throughout the film Buddy shows what a lovely kind hearted and giving elf he is and he is rewarded, after many enjoyable and moving, ups and downs, when he helps the real santa save the day on christmas eve.
According to Buddy 'The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear', well to my mind one of the best ways to get yourself into the christmas spirit is to switch on your christmas tree lights, settle down with a bowl of popcorn and enjoy this film. Its silly, funny, happy, sad, gentle and heart warming all at the same time and gets a big 5 stars from me.
Elf is a christmas movie released in 2003 and starring Will Ferrell and James Caan in the lead roles. Will Ferrell is a great comedy actor in my opinion and is normally good in most of the roles he undertakes. I've seen it a number of times and think it's great fun for adults and children alike.
Will Ferrell plays 'Buddy' who is no normal elf. For one, he's about 7 foot tall and at the start of the movie we are told how he came to be living with the other elves in Santa's workshop in the North Pole. He was unfortunately abandoned when he was young and sent to an orphanage. He never knew who his real parents were. He crawled into Santa's sack one day and was not spotted until santa and his bag arrived back in the North Pole.
So Buddy stays with the elves but there are problems with him staying though. As stated he's over twice the size of the other elves and doesn't have the ability or skill to build toys with the same speed as the others. Eventually he comes to learn about his mother who sadly passed away during child birth and his father who lives in New York as a book publisher.
The real entertainment and fun in this movie begin when he begins his quest to find his family in New York with quite hilarious consequences. He locates his father played by James Caan and finds out that he is married and has another son now. He doesn't want to know Buddy at first but as so often happens in this movie he warms to him eventually and comes to even accept him. In some ways it's pretty predictable but is still great fun to watch.
The really funny moments for me in this film are when Buddy tries to adapt to the real world in the big city outside of his comfort zone. The problem is he is out of place in the elf world as he's too big and he's out of place here. So where does he really belong?
Will Ferrell is very good as Buddy as he manages to capture the character perfectly. He gives a performance full of innocence like a child as he wanders about aimlessly in the city. The best thing too is that this is a comedy that can be enjoyed by the whole family, including the younger ones. As Christmas movies go, and there are lot of them, this for me is a decent one.
It is a shame that they did not cast Chevy Chase in the lead role for this film rather than Will Ferrell, they both have pretty similar dead pan styles of comedy delivery it is just that Chase is funnier and more talented. Maybe they just wanted someone younger to play the lead role.
This is a Christmas tale which sees Ed Asner in the role of Santa and it is Christmas Eve so things are pretty busy in the grotto and Santa has arrived at the orphanage to dole out some presents however one small child is still awake and is spying on Santa and when Santa is not looking he crawls into the sack and gets taken back to the grotto. Even though he is human he is raised by the elf's as he has no parents to return to and so Papa Elf played by the very amusing Bob Newhart takes on the father figure role.
The action then jumps forward and now 30 year old Buddy looks rather ridiculous in his elf costume Ferrell playing it rather straight and still with a childish quality to the character. It is decided that he must go to the real world, he is clumsy and useless at toy making, to find his real father (played by James Caan) and thus the comedy begins with the old fish out of water style of humour.
This is a comedy that probably would appeal to all the family as there are some in jokes for the older viewer but for me I found it to be rather stupid and the comedy just did not work, the plot is rather unbelievable especially the ease with which he gets a love interest and the type of woman it is.
Ferrell is nothing bbetter than average in the lead role and that is being genrous, the only redeeming feature of the film being the nice scenery in a snowy Manhattan. It is a feel good movie and I guess families might enjoy it but this one was not for me.
Elf The Movie:
I got this for Christmas as everyone has seen it and I really thought I would enjoy it! I watched this a few days ago and I thought it was absolutely hilarious. I didn't stop laughing the whole way through it was amazing. This was released in 2003 by Jon Favreau and it stars Will Ferrell, James Caan and many more. The Dvd was released in 2005 and it has been on live Television.
The storyline of this is basically an orphan baby who crawled into Santa's bag of gifts gets taken to the North Pole. He gets raised by Papa Elf and named Buddy. He realises he does not fit in with the other elves as he is much taller than them. He then goes to search for his real dad in New York and when he finds him, he tries to tell him what the true Christmas spirit is and to prove that Santa really does exist.
Throughout the 95 minutes that this is on for I was laughing quite a lot. The effects were amazing and I especially loved the part when Buddy goes into school with all the other little elves!
There are two discs in the version that I got:
Disc one has a feature with commentaries from the director and disc two has lots of extras including fun and games which is great and not too be missed!
Even though this has been out for quite a while it is still really enjoyable to watch and will not fail to make you laugh. It is probably going to be harder to get hold of now because it is after Christmas but we got this for £4.00 from HMV which was a great price for something so entertaining.
The only bad thing was that it was on TV so it kind of seemed a little bit pointless buying it!
A great film,
Elf the Movie is another brilliant film from the comic genious(and stupidity) of Mr Will Farrell.
Will Farrell plays "Buddy" - a human child who is accidently brought back to the North Pole with Santa one Christmas when he was a baby at an orphanage. Buddy grows up believeing that he is just like all the other Elves, just a little bit bigger and a little slower at toy making. However when he overhears some of the other elves talking about him, he finally discovers that he is human. His Elf dad then proceeds to tell him all about how he ended up in the orphanage and that his dad, who doesn't know he has a son, lives in New York - but theres one problem, Buddy's real dad is on Santa's naughty list! With Christmas spirit at an all time low, it is Buddys mission to find his father and as a result, helps to bring back a little bit of Christmas spirit to the people of NYC
This light hearted film brings a funny twist to a simple story. Farrell is, as always, hilarious and with the usual "rat pack" of familiar faces, the film excells at comic timing and wit. The characters are played brilliantly so that immediately you know who to like, who to hate and who to love to hate! Farrells character Buddy is instantly likeable and brings with him the innocence of Christmas that is essential to a Christmas movie. The film never bores or tires and keeps at good pace. As with all Farrell movies theres plenty of cringing moments which only Farrell could pull off - including his rediculous costume!
My only issue with the film would be that the story was oh so very predictable - but this is the same with all Christmas movies!
So Elf looked to be one of those annoying Christmas films. I was so wrong. It is on the christmas classic shelf now along with some of the best Christmas DVDs out there.
Elf stars Will Ferrell (who I usually dislike) as a human who was brought up by elves. He is a little different but never really understood why. Anyway, he finds out he isn't an elf, and sets off to New York city through the Candy Cane (and other!) forest to hunt out his real dad...
...who is on the naughty list!!!!
The film centres around one super duper christmas addict and one super duper scrooge and will the impending problem of lack of christmas spirit bring them closer or shoot them further apart? Only you will be able to find out once you have watched it.
The setting is mainly in New York but the rest of the film is set in the North Pole. It feels really Christmassy and all the elves are done really well. New York feels less Christmassy and definitely more materialistic-type-Christmas.
Overall, there are so many funny moments in this film I cannot name them all. Phrases like "Cotton headed ninny muggins" and the line "SANTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I KNOW HIM!" are among my personal favourites.
Will Ferrell does a great job of playing Buddy the Elf and acts his innocence out really well in a comical way. None of the rest of the acting is really outstanding (although I do have a soft spot for papa elf!) , but its a comedy, it isn't an oscar winning drama! The comedy isn't all slapstick, it is the lines and the clever delivery of the lines that make me love this film.
Give it a go, after all the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear ;)
Elf is the story of Buddy, who as a baby mistakenly got taken to the North Pole and as he couldn't be taken back to the orphanage he came from, he's raised as one of Santa's Elf's. Buddy grows up always being a bit behind the other elf's, and the day comes when his dad tells him about his adoption. Santa tells Buddy that his real mum has died, but he dad is living and working in New York, although he's on the naughty list. Buddy's dad takes a while to accept that Buddy is his son, but as a middle ages man who dresses as a elf constantly he soon takes Buddy in and gets him to take a paternity test which proves he and Buddy are related. Buddy meanwhile takes up a job in the Christmas department at Gimbles. Buddy has to live in a city he doesn't understand (he thinks the chewing gum on the street has been left there just for him)) with a father than has no Christmas spirit, but can he form a relationship with his new family and save Christmas??
Elf is a great feel good Christmas film that is laugh out loud funny throughout. Will Ferrell is wonderful as Buddy, a true elf at heart, in the body of a human. He is completely clueless about the world he's been sent to as all he's ever known is a world that is about nothing but Christmas. His character is innocent and childlike, the way he meets the challenges of the adult world are always hilarious.
The relationship between Buddy and his real father, played by James Caan is also great, as Caan (Walter Hobbs) is a complete scrooge and an over worker who spends way too much time at work, which Buddy can't understand. Luckily he discovers he has a younger half brother who will readily embrace Buddy's Christmas spirit, but maybe not his love of maple syrup on absolutely everything.
Zooey Deschanel plays Jovie, Buddy's love interest who he meets whilst she's working as a Christmas elf at Gimbles. She also doesn't have too much Christmas spirit but getting to know Buddy shows her that Christmas really isn't so bad.
This is a very good Christmas film, even though I've seen it tons of times I never stop laughing aloud to it. It is full of Christmas spirit, the soundtrack is packed with Christmas songs. Buddy covers absolutely everything he can find with Christmas decorations and there is a superb snowball fight. This film is all about family and Christmas spirit, so of course it is the perfect film to watch over the Christmas holidays.
If there was ever a Christmas movie to make you laugh, this is likely to be it. The whole Will Ferrell bandwagon is a bit hit and miss with me, some films I find hilarious, some go over the top and just try too hard to funny, and aren't. This definitely falls in the first category, and is hilarious from the start.
Buddy has grown up at the North Pole, believing himself to be an elf, despite the fact that he is as big as a human, more than twice the size of an elf. He can't make toys as fast, in fact he struggles to do any of the things an elf can do. So, when he's told he's not really an elf, and that his dad is some bigwig advertising exec at a publishing company in New York. However, life in the big city is a lot different than at the North Pole, and Buddy soon becomes the laughing stock.
This is perhaps the main part of the comedy the film produces. The sheltered life of Buddy as he was growing up at the North Pole means that Will Ferrell, as Buddy, can play the naive and innocent card time and time again. There is a lot of emphasis put on the commercial aspect of Christmas, as well as the importance of Xmas cheer, and Ferrell is ably supported by James Caan, who plays his real dad. There are, inevitably, elements of the film that are completely unbelievable, but this is a comedy about one of Santa's elves, so it's never going to be based on reality, is it?!
Ferrell really takes this film by the horns and runs with it. You almost get the impression that Jon Favreau's direction consisted of focusing on everything else, and letting Ferrell ad lib the whole thing, telling him t he situation and allowing the improvisation that made him a Saturday Night Live star take over. Favreau even cameos as a department store Santa, with Buddy feeling aggrieved that he isn't the real Santa, not realising the whole point of such a thing. Hilarious.
It is also great timing on the part of all involved, and not just Ferrell. Caan is brilliant as the surprised and aggrieved man who finds out he has a 30 year old son who appears completely loopy, believing he's an elf. Zooey Deschanel is good as the love interest (department store elf, of course!), and Daniel Tay is impressive as Buddy's 'brother' Michael. Ed Asner has a brief but effective run at being the real Santa, while Bob Newhart is also effective as Papa Elf. However, there are none of the usual suspects that Ferrell usually hooks up with here. This is perhaps what makes it funny, as it means that we focus solely on Ferrell's exploits and not the juvenile comedy of his co stars, as there is none. This, I feel, makes the film great: the fact that the comedy comes from Buddy's naivety of the real world.
Overall, it's a great film at Xmas time. Probably best watched at the festive time itself, although I'd happily watch it at any time of the year. It's not the best film Ferrell's ever done, but it is very good, and doesn't end up as one of the over the top films we've had from him and his usual crew. Well worth the watch, Elf is currently available from amazon.co.uk for £3.98. Recommended.
Elf is genuinely good. Not just Saturday Night Live-movie good, when the movie has some funny bits but is basically an insult to humanity; Elf is a smartly written, skillfully directed, and deftly acted story of a human being adopted by Christmas elves who returns to the human world to find his father. And because the writing, directing, and acting are all genuinely good, Elf is also genuinely funny. Will Ferrell, as Buddy the adopted elf, is hysterically sincere. James Caan, as his rediscovered father, executes his surly dumbfoundedness with perfect aplomb. Zooey Deschanel, as a department store worker with whom Buddy falls in love, is adorably sardonic. Director Jon Favreau (Swingers) shepherds the movie through all the obligatory Christmas cliches and focuses on material that's sometimes subtle and consistently surprising. Frankly, Elf feels miraculous. Also featuring Mary Steenburgen, Bob Newhart, Peter Dinklage, and Ed Asner as Santa Claus. --Bret Fetzer