The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!
The second best way is by watching the 2003 Christmas comedy – Elf!
There is no doubt in my mind that Elf is my absolute favourite Christmas movie! Every time I see Buddy’s (Will Ferrell) face light up with joy, mine lights up with him! His innocence and naivety is still perfect over 10 years since it’s release as a way to counteract the cynics in the world at Christmas.
You first get caught up in the whimsy of this family friendly movie when Buddy is told buy his adoptive Dad that a lot of people down south don’t believe in Santa Claus. With shock and disbelief he can’t imagine people thinking that their parents give out Santa’s gifts, ad “what about Santa’s cookies – I suppose parent’s eat them too?!” It is an outrage!
On a quest to find where he belongs after discover at now 30 years old, he is in fact not an elf, he sees himself as (my now new favourite insult) “a cotton-headed ninny muggins”. Your heart breaks when he realises “it seems like everyone has the same talents but me” and for a moment you remember being the kid on the playground that is just a little too different from anyone to fit in. Ultimately, Buddy goes on an adventure to New York to find his Dad, but most importantly himself.
While I won’t ruin the ending and try to keep my spoilers to a minimum, I will divulge my absolute favourite moments of this movie, explaining why this is my first choice when it comes to Christmas movies.
Santa’s advice to Buddy when he leaves the North Pole for the first time is classic, and a perfect joke for the adults in the audience. Gum on the side walk is not free candy and if you see a sign that says “Peep Show” it is not an early look at the Christmas presents!
The exploration scenes in New York make me giggle thinking about watching little toddlers and kids do these innocent things. From waving to strangers, compulsively pushing all the buttons on an elevator because of the pretty lights the numbers make to getting stuck on a escalator – Will Ferrell has encapsulated the innocence of a child in his facial expressions and body language.
Buddy the elf always tries to do the right thing, and that’s a message we should be teaching our kids. Yes, he makes a mess a lot of the time, and yes many adults find him annoying because he does not comprehend sarcasm or other people’s visual cues, but all up Buddy is being an honest, genuine and loving person, putting those who matter to him before anything. See: all the scenes where he is decorating – for Santa, for his family and for himself.
Even when he tries to “fit in” Buddy is a ball of innocence and joy. From answering the phone enthusiastically to “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favourite colour?”, to trying every kind of food and candy he has never had before all at one like an excited puppy dog (or hyperactive child), Buddy let’s his personality shine through. It is a great story of laughter and love, teaching kids that being themselves is the best thing they can be.
I also feel like that eating scene was secretly filmed on a hidden camera somewhere of me.
And let’s not forget one of the most beautiful and best parts of this movie: Zooey Deschanel. The gorgeous, young, angelic, (and blonde?) Zooey ❤ You melt my heart! You melt Buddy’s too! “I feel really warm when I’m around you”, “You have such a pretty face you should be on a Christmas card”. Knees weak, Buddy. That second compliment is how you whisk me away forever. Forever.
When the director found out Zooey was a singer (An AMAZING one at that – Check out her band She and Him sometime!) he wrote in the singing scenes. Yes, that’s right. You get 2 Zooey Christmas Carols in your Movie. 2. That’s more than enough for me to keep on repeat forever because her voice is perfect! And, in case you missed it earlier, nothing spreads the Christmas spirit like singing!
So, what are you waiting for – go watch Elf already!
This movie leaves me feeling really warm and smiling a lot. Smiling’s my favourite.
Anyone keen on joining me?