Review: Elf

26 November, 2010
Rat Fink

Kids, I tried. Honest I did. I even tried to laugh out loud. Alas, my forced guffaws slid off the couch and died a miserable death on the carpet. I still stand by my (albeit highly personal) assessment:

Will.
Ferrell.
Isn’t.
Funny.

The best part about the film (and the solitary reason for my not flipping the channel and watching the Texas/Texas A & M game) was James Caan. Of course, Bob Newhart was, well, Bob Newhart. Guy can’t play anyone but himself, which is fine.

But Ferrell. You guys, sheesh. I guess he’s an acquired taste. I insist on this because one does not immediately cotton to a face like his. Well, one might…but I’d question his/her taste in men. Maybe if I saw him play anything other than a bumbling, clueless fool, I’d feel differently. I think what makes an actor really appealing is diverse dimension. Ferrell — at least in the few movies I’ve seen of his — has only one. Gotta hand it to him, though: he’s sure cashed in on that one basic SNL-type character, dropped into a dozen different settings. I’ll bet he doesn’t have a mortgage, and I do, so I’m the big loozer. Somebody likes him, right? Who am I to judge?

It’s not that I can’t enjoy a silly, feel-good holiday comedy, mind. I like brainless funnies like A Christmas Story, How the Grinch Stole ChristmasThe Santa Clause and Christmas Vacation. (In fact, The Santa Clause will always be special to me; it’s the last movie I ever saw with my mother.) It’s just…Ferrell. Ew.

Still and all, the story didn’t offend me. But a Christmas “classic” that people watch over and over and over? That’s a head-scratcha.

On the Rat-O-Meter scale of five cheeses, I give Elf:

Now hey — get that holiday shopping finished. I am definitely getting  it all done today. Easy to do when you shop from your office chair. :-)

Happy weekend, fiends.

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Rae
Rae
26 November, 2010 10:01 am

Right… agreed.

Also agreed: “Hey… we need a character that is going to sit and be extremely dull, pleasantly awkward, old… so he can be in charge of stuff…, and who everyone knows so there’s a chance they’ll watch this movie in the theatre…? Let’s get Bob Newhart!” “You’re a genius!!!”….

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Meg
Meg
26 November, 2010 5:07 pm

I agree with you on Will Ferrel for the most part. I enjoy Elf, however. :)
The “funny guy” I can’t handle is Adam Sandler. Jim Carrey is up there too.

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Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
26 November, 2010 9:58 pm

I have only seen it once, but I think I liked it. Will Farrell is no Tim Heidecker or Eric Wareheim though.

I want more fink movie reviews.

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Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
27 November, 2010 12:40 pm
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Thanks and a Merry Hanksgiving to you too!

By the way…mark you calendar for Nov. 26th 2011.

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Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
27 November, 2010 12:40 pm

*YOUR

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Hannah
Hannah
29 November, 2010 6:00 pm

Aww, Jax, I love that movie :) One of our Christmas Traditions is to watch Elf on Christmas Eve, I am kinda sad that you didn’t like it :( Oh well you are right though about Will Ferrell, He is okay its just that he plays so outrageous characters it’s hard to believe

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