One of the best ways to get into the Christmas mood is to watch Christmas Movies. Although we enjoy re-watching our favourites each year, I'm always on the hunt for new Christmas movies to watch so I have no idea how "Elf" had managed to remain unwatched by us until now.
Based on these random recommendations (and since we'd never seen Elf before and wanted to watch something new) I ordered Elf from Fatso and we snuggled down to watch it last Friday night.
Starring the very silly Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf, this movie has some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. Even Mr G (who is a very picky movie-viewer and has been known to walk out of sub-par movies on a regular basis) enjoyed this one tremendously.
What is great about Elf is that it doesn't take itself seriously at all. Everything seems just a little bit tongue in cheek, and Buddy the Elf is so clumsily naive and daft that you can't help but snort at his stupidity.
Buddy is not a real Elf, but is a human who crawled into Santa's sack one Christmas when he was just a baby. He's big and clumsy and is the only one at the North Pole who has no idea that he isn't really an elf at all. When he discovers his true identity, Buddy sets off for New York (where else?) to find his dad. Of course everyone in the real world thinks he's a total nut job, which makes for some pretty funny viewing and some of those LOL moments.
If you have never watched this one (perhaps thinking, as I did, that it was just another lame cheesey American Christmas flick) we recommend giving it a go. We were pleasantly surprised by Elf and have now added it to our list of Christmas favourites.
Starring Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, James Cann and Ed Asner (2003); Rated [PG]
Our Top Ten Christmas Movie List
The Polar Express
The Santa Clause Movies
It's a Wonderful Life
Rise of the Guardians