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January 11, 2018
The humor and design are top notch. The story is utterly ridiculous in a good way and the character development and conflict resolution are completely unbelievable and unearned, but this isn't exactly a movie hinging on that sort of thing
½ January 6, 2018
Delightful Christmas movie that has emerged as a new classic, thanks to a game cast and sweet but intelligence nature to it's storytelling. Will Ferrel is superb as Buddy, giving one of his best lead performances playing him as a simple but sweet natured man who just wants the best for everyone. His physical comedy can't be denied (just the image of him at his size in an elf outfit is laugh out loud) but Ferrell plays him with such charm you understand why everyone warms to him. He gets great support from the rest of the cast, particularly the great Bob Newhart as his adopted elf father, whose opening narration perfectly sets the film's tone, and Zooey Deschanel as his love interest, who gets a chance to show off her singing chops. Plus, Peter Dinklage has a hilarious cameo as a short person Buddy mistakes for an elf. Behind the camera, Jon Favreau crafts a smart but sweet, poking gentle fun at Christmas traditions & movies but in such a loving way you can tell it's meant to pay homage over satire (the fact the North Pole is populated by claymation creatures is a great touch). The sweetness pervades throughout the film and in a nice twist, his biological father's wife, played by the wonderful Mary Steenburgen, is openly accepting of Buddy over being a cliche wicked stepmother. Overall, a funny family film that deserves a permanent fixture in every Christmas movie collection.
½ December 28, 2017
A classic Christmas movie that family members of all ages will enjoy.
½ December 27, 2017
Good news! I saw a (dog) great movie for the holidays today.
December 26, 2017
Some funny bits . Liked watching the actors act in this :)
½ December 26, 2017
The best Christmas comedy ever!
½ December 23, 2017
I decided to watch "Elf" because it was praised as one of the better Christmas movies out there. Is it a good movie? No. Is it entertaining enough to put on as background noise aiding the Christmas spirit? Yes.

The plot is, take it or leave it, describable in a single sentence: "Human orphan is raised by Santa's Elves and becomes a manchild unaware of human customs when returning to the human world". It's remarkable how a single joke can be recycled about 500 times, eventually amounting to a feature-length film; sure, Will Ferrell makes for an adorable manchild, but his shtick of being a near-retarded flat-character gets annoying even before the prologue's fully ended. The girl he semi-meets and manages to semi-win over, is evenly flat-charactered, and barely goes out of her way to speak in a non-monotone voice - again part of the act, but dragged out for way too long.

Cinematographically, the film's no good either, for the most part. Seeing as to how the CGI and set decoration in the 'Elven Village' are undescribably bad and the camerawork oftentimes lacks depth of field, the movie has to redeem itself in Christmas lights. We're talking 2003: I've seen better cinematography in films from the 1940s.

Summed up, "Elf" lacks depth. It's one big play on the concept of "manchild in NYC", with the addition of some half-assed critique about corporate America: no good.
December 23, 2017
It's funny, sweet and Christmas-y enough but above all it's very neatly written in terms of plot threads. The actors are all good fun and, even if you're not too big on Christmas, this will definitely prove an enjoyable, if not heart-warming, hour-and-a-half.
December 22, 2017
Very typical Will Ferrell. A fun movie. But nowhere near the top of the list of great Christmas movies. Not even close.
December 22, 2017
Just a plain and simple lousy movie. Will Ferrell is so bad that he is annoying.
December 22, 2017
The best Christmas movie I've ever seen. Charming, funny, and good natured, Elf is a true joy to watch
½ December 21, 2017
Anybody that doesn't like this movie is a cotton-headed-ninny-muggins!
December 20, 2017
"Elf" successfully captures the essence of a children's holiday story to life. The loose plot is not the focus here. If questions about the plot are raised, it may suck your enjoyment out of this film. What makes "Elf" so enjoyable are its funny jokes, embracement of the Christmas holiday, and Will Ferrell giving one of his best performances as Buddy (the elf), the titular character. In fact, if anyone else played this role, the film would not have been as strong.
½ December 19, 2017
This silly premise ends up having so much heart and a great message. Maybe Ferrell's best performance outside of anchorman, non-stop laughs, a must watch every Christmas season.
December 18, 2017
My favorite Christmas of all time. Will Ferrell shines in one of his best roles and my favorite sprite role he has ever done. It is funny and has tons of Christmas spirit.
December 18, 2017
Elf is, without a doubt a family Christmas classic with plenty of heart and humor to go around, thanks to Will Ferell's charming performance.
½ December 17, 2017
Great movie for the family around christmas
December 17, 2017
good christmas movie not bad
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