I love watching holiday movies during this time of year. That’s no surprise; many of us do. It’s part of the holidays for me and for my family. So I got to laugh heartily at “Elf” just the other night and I thought I would share my thoughts about the movie. Christmas films usually do not come off as extremely funny (unless you’re talking about “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”), but “Elf” is definitely a riotous film!
Will Ferrell is perfect as Buddy the Elf. The story may seem corny, but it all works. From his goofy outfit to his hysterical antics involving his love of sugar, Ferrell delivers pure comedic genius. The comedy ranges from the silly with lines like “son of a nutcracker” to the slapstick with his attempt to hang the star on the Christmas tree. I personally love his acting with things like his run-in with the raccoon and his expert snowball fighting skills. Of course, the line to remember from “Elf” that transcends all others: “This is Buddy the Elf. What’s your favorite color?” Classic!
I like the goofball love story too. Buddy falls for Jovie, played by Zooey Deschanel – who has a pretty excellent voice when it comes to singing. I think it’s kind of sweet that she’s a quirky person that goes for this seemingly deranged guy. She’s a little “off” both in looks and in her acting, which works for her on many levels or at least in the roles she’s taken on.
“Elf” is not some deep story. It’s the tale of human raised by the elves at Santa’s Workshop who goes off to find his real dad when he is 30 years old. Ed Asner is Santa, and Bob Newhart plays Buddy’s adoptive father while James Caan plays Buddy’s real dad. A lot of talent in this one, but make no mistake it is Ferrell stealing the show in this one. Don’t read too much into this film or its plot; just enjoy it for what it is. If you want some hearty laughter, this John Favreau (of “Iron Man” fame) film is just what you need!
If you want a great relief from the rush and whirl of holiday shopping or baking or whatever, kick back with some maple syrup and candy canes and get ready to laugh! “Elf” is the perfect movie for this kick of activity! Ho ho ho!
…and that’s it for this edition of THE REEL VOICE.