Saturday, 24 December 2016

12 Days of Christmas Films #2

You didn't think I'd do an entire list of my favourite Christmas films and not include Elf, did you? If you haven't seen it yet, it tells the story of Buddy (played by Will Ferrell), an orphan who accidentally crawls into Santa's bag whilst Santa is doing the rounds and ends up hitching a ride to the North Pole. When he gets there, he's adopted by Papa Elf who raises him as an elf. But growing up, Buddy knew he was different and doesn't fit in. Given that you know, he's about 5 times the size of an average Elf. When he's old enough, Papa Elf explains that he'd been given up for adoption and his father is in fact alive and lives in New York, working as a children's book editor.   got caught in Santa's bag when he was out on delivery. Santa decides to raise him as his own. Elf is the story of Buddy returning  to New York to meet his father, his new family and find out who he really is.

Robert Ebert described the film as "One of those rare Christmas comedies that has a heart, a brain and a wicked sense of humor" and I couldn't have put it better myself. Every element of this film makes my heart so full: all the elf-like shenanigans that ensue once Buddy arrives in New York like the big confrontation between Buddy and the fake Santa in the department store; Mary Steenburgen who plays Buddy's stepmom and is so mothering and lovable and endearing; and Will Ferrell himself, who is so charming and genuine as this big friendly giant. In his weird way, this is a story of how Buddy saves both his family and in doing so, Christmas itself.

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