Festive Film Review: Elf (2003)

Elf is a great Christmas films; it is funny, heart-warming and has a brilliant cast. This 2003 Christmas comedy stars Will Ferrell as Buddy the elf, an orphan who crawls into Santa’s sack and is kept and raised by an older elf at the North Pole. When Buddy discovers he is actually a human, he sets out to find his birth father in New York and spread the Christmas spirit to his new family. Elf is typically Will Ferrell. It has Ferrell’s sense of humour and comic timing all the way through. Despite the humour element, this film has strong Christmas theme, and at the heart of it is the message that family is very important, especially at Christmas time.

The supporting cast includes James Caan as Buddy’s biological father, and Caan is excellent in his role as a cynical publisher to contrast with Buddy’s Christmas spirit and happiness. What American rom-com, even if it is Christmas themed, would be complete without a love interest? Zooey Deschanel plays the cynical department store elf that Buddy’s childlike nature touches. Another strong role in the film is the city of New York, which the audience feels like they’re discovering along with Buddy on his adventure. The city and its beautiful surroundings are wonderful to look at on screen, and are almost a character in itself.


The film is directed by former-actor Jon Favreau, who is known for his action films such as Iron Man. When released, Elf was a critical success. It earned almost seven times its production cost of $33 million at the worldwide Box Office. It is described as a classic despite only being released ten years ago. There are some scenes in the film which are well-known, and you may have seen them even if you haven’t seen the film. An example of this is when Buddy gets hit by a taxi and continues to get up and walk off as if nothing has happened. Youtube will help you if this doesn’t make any sense!

If you haven’t seen Elf, it is perfect for family viewing. Apart from being very funny, it has a heart-warming message of love to end on. Once you have seen it once, I have no doubt that it will become regular Christmas viewing in your household.

Read the article at eeveelife.co.uk


About writingsuzanne

History graduate. Freelance writer and reviewer. Passionate about film, theatre and music (film soundtracks!).
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