This is a delightful holiday film that offers up loads of laughs and hearts. Will Ferrell was a natural at playing man children and Jon Favreau delivers a believable absurdist film that you're guaranteed to have a good time with if you'll let it. Also Zooey Deschanel is adorable.
Jon Favreau = what's good about Hollywood entertainment. This movie manages to not overstay its welcome with a pretty brisk pace, its story is simple but the characters are enjoyable enough to carry it, and it keeps its protracted burp sequences to a surprising minimum. --DiB
Now that I'm over the slight disappointment in myself for not seeing Elf sooner, I can say this was a fun watch with plenty of great cameos. I doubt the warm and fuzzy feeling Elf left me with would last if I watched it outside of the Christmas season but it was fun. And whoever told Zooey Deschanel she could sing owes the rest of us a great big apology...
Some have added this to the annual Christmas watch list but I still find it pretty much a one joke film that may make ok background noise for the kids but really has no substance to watch time and again. Mind you my favourite Christmas movie is 'The Ref' so what do I know.
A modern-day Christmas classic from its first screening. Jon Favreau created something equally suitable for children and adults alike - with a merry story and subtly mature humour. Will Ferrell, in his most charming performance, plays Buddy the Elf - who essentially represents anybody who chooses to all logic and allow themselves to believe in wintertime splendour.
Will Farrell’s reverted manchild schtick achieves such a powerful, magnetic singularity, even his singing, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is treated solely on its most unassuming, positive, humanistic qualities. It might even save Christmas. One of the few films - Christmasy or otherwise - that improves with each viewing. Santa’s Sleigh seems to need that much more help/cheer each year.
Awful. Feel sad for greats like Newhart, Caan, etc. for appearing in this piece of shit. Favreau is usually more palatable, but then again I despise Will Ferrell so probably hampered whatever I wouldve enjoyed. Zooey is as terrible as ever. Not sure what people see in her. Shes a no talent bum imo, including her She and Him records. Avoid this garbage
It took me years to watch it because I didn´t expect anything but a stupid and obvious Xmas comedy but, caught by Christmas´spirit, I decided to see it.
With a funny and original script and the help of a pretty good cast, it´s one of those movies that please both adults and kids. Maybe the best Christmas movie.