Elf

Elf (7/12/06) Netflix (2003 ***½) Directed by Jon Favreau. I last watched Elf on 11/9/03, nearly three years ago, but it certainly doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. This is probably the best movie Will Ferrell has ever made and the role he was born to play. He played the childlike adopted elf Buddy with pure energy and perfect comedic timing. If I compiled a list of the ten best Christmas-themed movies of all time, Elf would be on it. There was a lightness and exuberance throughout the film that made even a cynical heart like mine want to sing Christmas carols. The only thing keeping me from giving it a four-star rating is I feel it missed an opportunity for hitting some deeper emotional notes. I can see how making its emotional chords more poignant might have run counter to its light-hearted comedic tone. However, even acknowledging that, I still imagine an alternate universe version of Elf in which it was possible to achieve both without diminishing either.

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