When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he's transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can't shake the nagging feeling that he doesn't belong. Buddy vows to visit Manhattan and find his real dad, a workaholic publisher.
Such a frustrating disappointment
Perfect cast and a good story
Great story, amazing characters, superb action, enthralling cinematography. Yes, this is something I am glad I spent money on.
For some reason my school shows this movie around Christmas every year. I don't know why, but they do. Everything about this movie - acting, effects, jokes, cinematography - is done poorly. Though a very young child might find it funny, any intelligent person above the age of 6 is just going to be boring.No significant effort seems to be put into this movie. The cinematography is flat and lifeless. The acting is bad. The sets (except when filming on-location) look terrible. The script is bad. The comedy mostly consists of characters extremely stupid or loud. This movie is dumb, and I hope I never have to watch it again.
I read the list of Trivia, goofs and continuity. Someone said Santa's sled should not fly just because people believe. Santa's Sled flew because when Jovi was having her Ramen Noodles on Christmas Eve and saw Buddy on the TV News she set her dinner down and went to Central Park. She met Michael and the Mom. She remembered: "The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loudly for all to hear." (First rule of being an elf). She gets up and her singing causes the crowd to sing. Michael's (and Buddy's) Dad shows up, and during the singing Michael notices Dad is not singing. Dad says yes he is. Michael says Daaaaad!!!! so Hobbs starts singing. Just when he does start actually singing loudly the sled flies right up and over his head. It was their Singing Loudly for All to Hear which made the sled fly. The idea of seeing Santa or not well that is just not important. The idea is to be good to Sing Loudly to show love to your children and spend time with them and care for them, not just your self or your problems. Actually when he quit that job at Greenway, things got better. And he spent more time with Buddy and ideally and of course Michael as well. Seeing a Santa, real or not, is really depending on if there is a person in your group or your Mall or your Community Meeting Places, who dresses up like Santa and does the what do you want /pictures thing. Some give presents. It depends on the situation and the groups. Some people just have their family members who give gifts and Santa is not needed. Believing in giving to others is the Message of the Santa Character. The Santa Myth The Santa Tradition, and of course the first persons who so long ago went around with a bag and gave gifts. Maybe he was old. Maybe he wanted to be anon. Long ago the tradition began and it continues. Animals that run and want to flee from wolves such as reindeer, deer, bunnies and so on, the wish they could fly. They do if they get written into a story to fly. Sometimes I think it would be cool to fly. Flying is faster and you can get above everything and get there faster. Now the chimney thing. That must be because who wants to have to watch their doors for a stranger, unannounced and sneaking in their homes at night? Nobody. So someone made the story fantastical with the chimney thing. That ought to be phased out. Maybe in the olden days when kids were forced to be chimney sweeps like in the old original film Oliver Twist. Maybe Santa was in the chimneys & fireplaces with gifts to cheer those fellows up. I like to think so. They had a hard life. Those kids sure needed cheering up and needed to be saved from being forced to be chimney sweeps. So Labor Reform Laws... Good. The Mail Room Funny. I like the redemptive and loving and good messages in this film. That there were car crashes because of that man running around in those tights sure is believable that's kind of sad. After a while you get used to the costume, and e the new outfit his Dad gave him is great. The first sight of him there in the City is quite shocking. A film with lots of surprising things, not to use the word shocking again. Does syrup have sugar? lol K.J.H.
The main character of Elf is the hilarious Will Ferrell who plays the part of an elf that has traveled down to New York City, from the North Pole to find his dad. The movie portrays Buddy the Elf (Ferrell), rummaging through the large city in hopes of finding his father while still dressed as an elf. This movie is funny because of his different encounters with the citizens of New York. Everyone finds Buddy as a joke, including his own father, because of his childish behavior and remarks, because he is a full grown man. Examples of this behavior are brought out by his elf outfit that he wears every day and how he constantly talks to almost everyone about personally knowing Santa. This is a great movie for all different age groups and not only a movie that should be watched during the Christmas season.
the fact that Will Farrell's character is told at the North Pole that when he goes to civilization, if he sees gum on the ground or anywhere, don't eat it because it's not free candy; it's dirty. And then everybody cracks up, going "Eeewww!" when he picks all the gum wads off the subway railing and eats them. Wasn't he just told minutes ago to not do that?