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Directed by Jon Favreau
Starring
  • Will Ferrell
  • James Caan
  • Bob Newhart
  • Edward Asner
  • Mary Steenburgen
  • Zooey Deschanel
  • Daniel Tay
Screenplay by David Berenbaum
Genre Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Certificate

PG

UK Release Date 28th November 2003

Summary

As a kid, Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole and grew up among Santa’s elves. When the adult Buddy travels to New York in search of his real father, he finds Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman.

Is The Plot Interesting?

The plot does what it’s suppose to do. It tells the story it wants to tell – quite well I may add – and makes you laugh. The pacing is good as well; Buddy is always doing something new and funny to watch.

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Is The Acting Good?

Will Ferrell gets the childlike charm Buddy has perfectly, but apart from that his performance is very over the top and exaggerated to no end. That being said, no one else could have played Buddy. I did love James Caan as Walter Hobbs though.

Is The Directing Good?

I didn’t realise Jon Favreau directed this movie until I came to review it, and this new information makes me like him even more as he did such a good job  directing Elf. He is quickly becoming one of my favourite directors.

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Is The Cinematography Good?

Elf has okay cinematography but it doesn’t get much better than okay. The cinematography does have certain aspects that are good but overall it was just very average and did barely nothing to support the movie.

Is It Worth Watching?

I had a good time watching Elf and I’m sure you will too. I thought the entire thing was cast well and it had a good director, in the form of Jon Favreau, to keep the story focused and on track.

4/5

SANTA! OH MY GOD! SANTA’S COMING! I KNOW HIM! I KNOW HIM!

– Will Ferrell as Buddy

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