Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Elf Review









Elf


Release Date: 27th November 2003 - Australia


Production Companies
New Line Cinema (presents)
Guy Walks into a Bar
Productions

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Comedy

Rating: G

Runtime: 93 minutes


Budget: $33,000,000

Box Office Gross: $225,443,451
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Once upon a Christmas Eve,
an orphan baby crawled
into Santa's bag of gifts and
was taken to the North Pole.
Raised by Papa Elf, Buddy
comes to realise he doesn't
fit in with other elves.
Determined to find a place
where he belongs, Buddy
searches for his real dad -
in New York City!

In the Big Apple, Buddy
finds out why his dad is on
the naughty list! But most
importantly, he sees the
world lacking in Christmas
spirit, which causes Santa
all kinds of problems!

So with the help of a
beautiful department store
elf, Buddy tries to teach
his dad and the world the
true meaning of Christmas
spirit to probe everyone
that Santa really exists!


Cast
Will Ferrell - Buddy Hobbs
James Caan - Walter Hobbs
Bob Newhart - Papa Elf
Ed Asner - Santa Claus
Zooey Deschanel - Jovie
Mary Steenburgen - Emily Hobbs
Daniel Tay - Michael Hobbs
Peter Dinklage - Miles Finch
Amy Sedaris - Deb
Michael Lerner - Fulton
Andy Richter - Morris
Kyle Gass - Eugene
Leon Redbone - Leon the Snowman (Voice)
Ray Harryhausen - Polar Bear Cub (Voice)
Jon Favreau - Doctor

Crew
Director - Jon Favreau
Writer - David Berenbaum
Producers - Jon Berg, Todd Komarnicki
and Shauna Robertson
Co-Producer - David B. Householter
Production Designer - Rusty Smith
Costume Designer - Laura Jean Shannon
Director of Photography - Greg Gardiner
Film Editor - Dan Lebental
Visual Effects Supervisor - Joe Bauer
Music - John Debney


Review
Simple and probably a heartwarming Christmas comedy, it is not a tasteless one I can assure you. ELF is Will Ferrell's magnum opus and for all the rest, I am not the big fan of his movies. A bit too worried for me, he might fill in for Jim Carrey's shoes and it's a shame he was enlisted to star in when the film was in pre-production for its script. Ferrell began showcasing his hilarious talents of energy playing as a character with so much childlike qualities instead. Close to being the top-ranked spot of other jam-packed comedians Carrey and Adam Sandler. No parts of lowbrow humour are included to offend everybody, just clean and tasteful entertainment from director Jon Faverau's breakthrough for the holiday season.

I never would be ready to praise ELF for its yuletide aptitude since I am most sincerely from an another religion. Apparently it's good-nurtured family fun to see this in the light of Christmas Eve. MERRY CHRISTMAS BLOG VIEWERS!!

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


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