Christmas · Film

Christmas Film Countdown – 4

I am home!!!

The train was a nightmare – that’s the problem when you get a train from London, to go to your parents for Christmas – absolutely jammed packed, full of people and suitcases and lots and lots of presents.

It was really a tight packed train to be honest, and lets just say that I was very happy when I got back.

I also had my last shift at work till after Christmas! I felt like a kid on the last day of school it was so good and all the customers were actually pretty nice to me today (and they all said ‘Merry Christmas’, so they were all clearly in the Christmas spirit).

Anyway, in light of this happy mood I give you the next film in this Christmas countdown (which let me remind, Christmas is only 3 days away!!!)


Title: Elf

images.jpegAge: PG

7th November 2003

Director: Jon Favreau

Genre: Family, Comedy, Romance

**** (4/5 stars)

About: Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

Review:  This film is a must for Christmas.

I mean it’s about an ‘elf’ who loves Christmas, and spread Christmas cheer – I mean you got to admit he knows how to make you feel Christmassy.

I know that this film is perfect for young and old – because I loved it when I was younger, my mum liked it and even my dad liked it (which is a huge deal by the way, because he is not easily impressed by Christmas films, he more into the action films and whatnot. It’s probably because he had to deal with three women making him wake rom-com films for about 25 years, thanks dad).

I kind of film like this film is pretty obvious in all of its set up, and it kind of skirts around the question of whether Father Christmas exists (which of course he does).

Yet despite it being pretty obvious what was going to happen next, it did have me laughing out loud and smiling because it is a very enjoyable film.

Will Ferrel works brilliantly at playing this child like man called Buddy, who is just in love with Christmas  (I mean I understand completely why he loves Christmas because I do to, but unfortunately I was not brought up by Father Christmas).

It’s great as well that this film shows just how important family is. Buddy has his Christmas family, and then he also has his actually family (his father, in particular, who’s change in attitude towards the end was no surprise but also quite charming).

This is a great film to watch on this Christmas Eve, Eve, Eve (yes I double checked that is corrected!).

Have a great evening guys!

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