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Elf

Image Credit: Warner Brothers.

Chlöe Ashworth, 22nd Dec 2019
Tags: Life Review Comedy Family Fantasy

Elf is a 2003 Christmas classic, starring Will Ferrell as Buddy, an oblivious elf. In this funny and festive story, Buddy ventures on a journey of self-discovery to the real world where he is supposed to be living.

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The film is directed by Jon Favreau who has an impressive portfolio of films, including The Avengers, Disney’s remake of Lion King and The Jungle book.

In this light hearted comedy, Buddy feels he has never truly fit in at the North Pole. This leads him in search of his father in the real world, which is polar opposite to the fantasy land he is travelling from.

He tries to bring Christmas cheer.

Buddy finds himself in a place where the Christmas spirit is low and try’s to bring Christmas cheer back to the people of New York. Buddy says, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to here.”

Buddy excited to see Santa
Image Credit: Giphy

In his journey to fit in with his new family, he gets a job at a department store where he meets colleague Jovie , played by Zooey Deschanel, and romance blossoms between them.

It's a comical and festive piece of art. A Light-hearted film for the whole family to enjoy.

Buddy contrast with his father’s personality.

Buddy’s carefree attitude is so uplifting. In a world where everyone is work focused and has forgotten how to truly have fun, he is there showing us how it should be done. And this works so well in contrast to his father’s personality. 

Buddy's father is a stereotypical New York businessman, who gets so consumed by his work that he forgets the importance of family and the joy that Christmas brings.

Buddy the elf's dad
Image Credit: Giphy

The film is a reflection of our own lives. It’s a warning for us to not get carried away with crunching numbers or working long hours.

It is important for us to spend time with our loved ones and for us to have fun in general, for our own mental health’s sake. 

An all-round family comedy.

If you’re looking for an all-round family comedy to watch over Christmas, then this could defiantly be what you’re looking for.

But remember, "Don’t eat yellow snow!"

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