Director: Jon Favreau
Synopsis: While Santa Claus is delivering presents to an orphanage, one of the infant orphans gets into his bag. Santa does not discover that he is there until he returns to the North Pole. An older elf decides to adopt this baby and his name is Buddy. Buddy grows up in the North Pole and lives his life as an elf. However, as an adult, he begins to notice that he is different from all of the other elves and then he finds out that he is actually human. He was given up for adoption by his mother who later passed away but his father never knew he was born. Buddy learns that his father lives in New York City and he decides to travel there to meet his dad.
Review: I really enjoy this movie. I especially like that there are elements of the movie taken from the Christmas classic of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). For example, the snowman in the North Pole that Buddy talks to and gets advice from is the based off of the snowman who tells the story in the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I also like that the elves have the same costumes as the elf in Rudolph. The little creatures in Elf are stop-motion which is the type of animation that was used in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I appreciate that Buddy sees the world differently, like nobody else. He has an innocent outlook on life. Because of his outlook, he is able to truly impact the people around him, despite their bad attitudes and selfishness.
However, there are a few things that I do not like. I do not like Buddy’s love interest. I do not think that she has much of a personality and it is kind of a strange side story. I think that it is weird that the Central Park Rangers are used as villains in the story but they are not really introduced before that scene and are not a part of the movie afterwards. It is kind of awkward.