Directed By Jon Favreau
Starring: Will Ferrell, Ed Asner, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel
Will Ferrell might not be known for his family film credits but in 2003 he starred in Elf a Christmas family film. The film was directed by Jon Favreau who has continued to grow in popularity after working on the immensely popular Iron Man films. Elf features Will Ferrell, James Caan, and Zooey Deschanel just to name a few of the great names in the movie.
When Buddy (Ferrell) leaves the North Pole to find his father he winds up out of his element in New York City. It turns out that Walter (Caan) his dad is a bit of a Scrooge and has ended up on the naughty list. Buddy makes it his goal to make Christmas magic for Walter and his family. In addition to meeting his father he also falls for the beautiful Jovie (Deschanel) who could use a bit of Christmas magic as well. With everyone doubting his claims of being from the North Pole Buddy is faced with the challenge of saving Christmas and making them believers.
Will Ferrell plays perhaps his most charming role as Buddy the Elf. The film is fun and lighthearted with lots of cute touches throughout. Ferrell does manage to let his humor shine through without the crudeness most often associated with him. The adjustment to the real world is shown through some hilarious scenes played by Ferrell.
James Caan plays his role wonderfully as the doubting father and business man. Mary Steenburgen plays his supportive wife and fits well into the film. Zooey Deschanel is the perfect opposite for Ferrell in this film. Her skepticism and sarcasm work great when opposed by the overwhelming cheer of Buddy. She also gets to showcase her singing voice during the movie as well.
As a whole this is a great Christmas film. It’s likely to be aired on television every Christmas season for years to come. The message is clear and the spirit of the holidays is felt throughout. I would give this film 3.6 ouf of 5 stars. If you haven’t seen Elf make some time this holiday season.