This is the second of two reviews that are part of the Christmas in July Blogathon being run by Drew over at Drew’s Movie Reviews. Tnx Drew!
Number of Times Seen – 2 (27 Aug 2007 and 12 Jul 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A human who grew up as an Elf at the North Pole travels to New York to find his father.
My Take on it – This is a holiday film that I’ve been meaning to rewatch for years but never got around to it. Thanks to Drew’s wonderful yearly blogathon, I got the added kick in the butt to rewatch this film.
Unfortunately, I didn’t like it this time as much as the last time 9 years ago.
Will Ferrell is spectacular as a human who grew up with the elves at the North Pole and I must admit that there are few actors who could pull off what he did here. Acting like a cheerful yule tide kid is the kind of role that he can embrace and he is able to transform himself into Buddy the Elf for 90 minutes.
His antics are extremely fun to watch because he is able to capture the innocence and youthfulness of the character which endears him to us even more.
It’s too bad that besides Ferrell, this film has little to offer. James Caan comes off hollow, Mary Steenburgen isn’t given enough to do and Zooey Deschanel and Ferrell have no real chemistry together. Bob Newhart and Ed Asner’s roles are glorified cameos.
Peter Dinklage is hilarious as a ruthless executive, but is only in one small scene.
The holiday message tho is quite clear and is delivered properly so I can’t claim that this film doesn’t hit its mark at all.
Ultimately, there are scenes that will put a smile on your face and that’s what we all want from a holiday movie; to cheer us up and put us in a happy mood.
Tnx again to Drew for hosting this Blogathon!
Bottom Line – Ferrell is superb here because he is so animated and full of energy. The story isn’t as good tho and the supporting cast is left in the dust by Ferrell leaving them all feeling completely underused. Despite the poor storyline, it still managed to elicit joy and laughter as a fun holiday film.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The apartment that Buddy’s dad lives in is the same apartment building (exterior shot) that Dana Barrett lived in in Ghostbusters. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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