I feel like Elf should be closer to the top of my list, but there are so many awesome holiday movies that it was hard to really place them all. I just went with my gut instincts and this is how they landed.
In order for me to write this blog entry today, I went ahead and watched the movie again. I even took notes! Just so I could remember the best parts.
This movie is about Buddy the Elf, who is from the North Pole and works with Santa Claus. He thinks he’s an elf, but he’s really not. The movie is about his adventures to New York to meet his father. His father is a cynical book publisher, who of course has a problem with this son who not only thinks he’s an elf, but is always happy. “I just like to smile. Smiling is my favorite.”
This movie stars Will Ferrell, who is awesome, as he is in every movie he stars in. He just embraces this role and brings to it a child-like innocence that works. I’m not sure who else could’ve pulled this off without looking really creepy.
It also stars Mary Steenburgen, who I just love. As I was watching this movie, it reminded me of another movie she starred in that we watched a lot as a kid. It’s called One Magic Christmas and according to IMDB, it came out in 1985: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089731/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_77 It was one of those movies where really bad things happen (and I mean REALLY bad), but in the end they find their Christmas spirit and magical things happen. Hence the title One Magic Christmas. It’s an old movie, but if you ever get a chance to watch it, do it! I might find a copy for my holiday collection next year.
In my notes I wrote that my DVD copy did not have the option to use subtitles. Apparently deaf people aren’t allowed to watch Elf. It also made it hard for me to spell Cotton-head Ninny-Muggins. I’m still not sure that’s right. Does that make me a Cotton-head Ninny-Muggins?
I do have to say that when Buddy is offered a chance to work in the mailroom of his father’s company, I was very jealous! Seriously! Even if it was “sucky.” I would love to put mail up those pipes! My notes say: “The mailroom looks awesome! Sucky!”
In the end, it was an enjoyable way to get me into the Christmas spirit right before I decorated our tree. Even if the thought of spaghetti with maple syrup on it made me slightly nauseous.
In conclusion, just remember:
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear…”