796. Elf

Title: Elf
Director: Jon Favreau
Year: 2003
Run time: 1hr 37m

“Once upon a Christmas Eve, an orphan baby crawled into Santa’s bag of gifts and was taken to the North Pole. Raised by Papa Elf (Bob Newhart), Buddy (Will Ferrell) comes to realize he doesn’t fit in with the other elves. Determined to find a place where he belongs, Buddy searches for his real dad – in New York City! In the Big Apple, Buddy finds out why his dad (James Caan) is on the naughty list. But most importantly, he sees that the world is seriously lacking in Christmas spirit, which causes Santa all kinds of problems. So with the help of a beautiful department store elf (Zooey Deschanel), Buddy tries to teach his dad and the world the true meaning of Christmas spirit and to prove to everyone that Santa (Ed Asner) really exists.”

Live blog

0:49 – It’s Professor Proton!
5:17 – But how did the baby get out of the crib?
9:51 – “I’m a cotton-headed ninny-muggins.”
14:19 – Like that a snowman in his youth was a cloud.
17:20 – Travelling by iceberg must be quite a slow process.
20:26 – The gum thing is so gross!
26:47 – “Make work your new favourite… work is your new favourite, okay?”
36:03 – Santa making death threats.
40:14 – “My finger has a heartbeat.”
41:36 – I like Emily’s refreshing attitude Wonderful!
46:06 – Etch a Sketch to plan your day is totally mental, love it.
53:43 – “I feel really warm when I’m around you.” Bless.
1:06:11 – Mostly vegetable themed stories.
1:11;57 – Loving the very casual ‘up yours’.
1:15:27 – “I know you might be a bit chemically imbalanced but…” Great start to an apology.
1:27:39 – Really lovely happy ending.

Conclusions

It became startlingly apparent last year that we were missing out not having seen Elf. It came in second place on Richard Osmond’s World Cup of Christmas Films, and there was even an elf-based dance on the Strictly Christmas special. So, this year, it was high up on the festive to-watch list.

I’m not totally sure I see what all the fuss is about. It’s entertaining enough but I wouldn’t say it was a particularly good film. Nice feel-good moments, but equally some gross stuff (the spaghetti pop-tarts still makes me feel nauseous), happy ending even if it was sign-posted right from the very start.

So really, glad I’ve seen it to get all the references, but not one I would write home about.

Rating: 3/5.

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