Updated: Jan 20
Day 9 of our 12 Days of Christmas
Jon Favreau has been in entertainment news a lot over the past decade - directing IRON MAN, kicking off the massively successful Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and much more recently for his work on THE MANDALORIAN, kicking off the Disney+ live action Star Wars TV universe (...D+LASWTU?).
But before all that, there was ELF, starring Will Ferrell in one of his best roles to date. This movie is funny, with a ton of quotable one-liners and bits (including a World’s Best joke that I still think about all the time), but also manages not to be too crude or cruel. It’s a rare comedy that appeals to a broad age-group, with the right amount of humor, heart, and snappy visuals. Admittedly the subplots aren’t the most memorable - however, all of ELF’s elements work together to make it a modern Christmas classic.
Recently, I saw a video on "How They Made Elf", and from forced perspective to guerilla filming in NYC, there is a clear effort and attention to detail that culminated in the movie we know and love today. It’s also just undeniably fun seeing both the North Pole and New York City from the eyes of a human who thinks he’s an elf.
Stream the World’s Best Christmas movie ELF on AMC+ or Starz or rent it on your favorite platform.