Movie Review: Pull ‘Elf’ off the shelf for a fun movie night

As the holidays come around, you may be searching for a kind of kickoff to the Christmas season. There’s almost no better way to kiss the mistletoe hello than with a Christmas movie. But how can one choose with there being so many Christmas movies? Well, there is one that stands out among the rest — a movie simply known as “Elf.” Starring the hilarious Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf with Ed Asner as Santa Claus and directed by Jon Favreau, this charming 2003 tale is about a man who is raised by elves after finding his way into Santa Claus’s gift sack while a child at an orphanage. Join him as he searches for his father — Walter Hobbs who is played by James Caan — and the family he’s always desired since he doesn’t feel like he fits in with his elf family, which is led by Papa Elf who is played by the iconic Bob Newhart. Along the way, laugh as he gets himself into some silly situations while roaming New York City. Even in the worst of times, Buddy sees the positives because, as he said, “I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite.” This delightful comedy will brighten up your day with slapstick humor and quotable dialogue, yet it will also warm your heart with the underlying message that family and love is all you really need. Well-rounded and thought through, the story of the movie will leave your heart warmed and your mood lifted, but this isn’t your typical holiday film. It has just the right mix of holiday sweetness and humor, making it a superior choice when compared to the more predictable Christmas comedies available. So, if you’re looking to perfectly enjoy this Christmas season, settle in with a cup of cocoa and a cozy blanket to watch the newest unsung classic, “Elf.” You can find this fine film at your local video store or on YouTube and HBO Max. “Elf” is rated PG for some mild rude humor and language and has a total run time of 97 minutes. According to Rotten Tomatoes, it is “Certified Fresh,” so you know it won’t disappoint. As you watch, just remember Buddy’s advice, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”

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