Elf

Warning: A couple of slight spoilers below. Don't read this if that bothers you.

We've been trying to get this on DVD for a while and all the stores we'd tried had sold out. Luckily we found it at the huge Borders bookstore in Sunnyvale yesterday morning as we did some last minute Christmas shopping. It was in the DVD player in the afternoon.

I'd seen the trailer umpteen times and found those scenes amusing. It's being called a classic and I immediately think, yeah, yeah, yeah. But I've got to agree. This is one of the better Christmas films I've seen in a while. Will Ferrell absolutely captures the part of Buddy, a human raised by elves. It's another film that's amazingly well done on two levels. Duncan saw this film through the eyes of a child who is waiting for Santa to deliver his stash of new toys in three days time. He was glued to the screen for all the parts with the Big Guy in the red suit in it. He loved the snowball fight and where Buddy tries to climb the Christmas tree to put the angel on top of it. Lynea and I were watching it at that other level, where there are real touches of grown-up humor. My favorites were the Bigfoot footage and the four riders of the Apocalypse.

It's predictable in places and surprising in others and enjoyable all the way through. This will be a keeper and I suspect we'll be dragging it again soon so the rest of the immediate family can view it.

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