||[Nov. 26th, 2003|07:56 pm]
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So I went and saw Elf tonight after work. What a clever, clever film.
Oh, sure, it looks lame. But it's witty, snarky as Swingers (since it was directed by Jon Favreau, who has a cameo) and just...well. Bob Newhart as an elf and Ed Asner as Santa? James Caan and Mary Steenburgen? It's a gingerbread house. It's sugarplums dancing in your head. It's that fruitcake you just can't get rid of...
It's also made for those of us who cut our teeth on Rankin Bass. There's a snowman named Leon (Redbone) who's got to be Burl Ives' Sam the Snowman's son...there's a trio of arctic critters who look like they came from the Island of Misfit Toys...just, brilliant.
Will Farrell is perfect as Buddy, the human raised by elves. When he goes to Manhattan to find his dad (who works at a publishing firm in the Empire State Building), it's just...well. It's Christmastime, for one, and we all know what a fairyland New York can be during the holidays. Buddy infiltrates Gimbel's (an inspired retro joke), attacks a Santa impersonator, and meets Zooey Deschanel. Let me just say here: that girl can sing. She does the girl part of "Baby It's Cold Outside" (with both Will Ferrell and Leon Redbone) so marvellously it sends a chill up your spine. The whole soundtrack, as you might expect from Mikey, baby, is so money...
This movie is fun. Silly, sarcastic, but fun. The worst thing about Elf was the previews I had to sit through beforehand, with one exception...First, Haunted Mansion (oh, lord, no), then, Cat in the Hat (not again!), then Lord of the Rings (because, hey, you must like elves, right? Here's another elf movie for ya!)...and then, finally...Shrek 2. It hardly seems possible, but it looks better than the original. Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots! John Cleese and Julie Andrews as Fiona's Parents! Rupert Everett as Prince Charming! Oh, hurrah...suddenly next summer seems so far away...