Christmas is upon us, and you still have time to check out a holiday-themed movie from the Nashville Public Library. I’m going to recommend to you one of the better Christmas movies to be released in the last few years: Elf, starring Will Ferrell and directed by Jon Favreau.
Oddly, Elf reminds me a bit of the film School of Rock. Both films feature a popular comedian, starring in a film aimed at children that still allows the comic’s specific personality to shine through. School of Rock was a showcase of Black’s rock and roll sensibilities, while Elf, for all its sweetness, is a fine showcase for Ferrell’s patented straight-faced absurdity.
Ferrell stars as Buddy, an orphan who crawled into Santa’s bag and ended up being raised by elves in the North Pole. Buddy ultimately becomes too big for the North Pole, and embarks on an odyssey to find his birth father, played by James Caan. Along the way, he befriends his sweet co-worker at Gimble’s, played by Zooey Deschanel.
Elf is sweet and funny, and filled with Ferrellian strangeness (”YOU SIT ON A THRONE OF LIES”), but that’s why I liked it. I know a few people who were turned off by Ferrell’s “schtick,” (Boy, do I hate that word), but for those who are fans, Elf is one of the more inventive and fun Christmas movies to be released in the last few years.
You still have time to grab Elf from the Nashville Library. Do it today, and have a Merry Christmas!