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Blue Starlite Drive-In: Double Feature: Elf

Rated PG, 95 min. Directed by Jon Favreau., Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Edward Asner, Bob Newhart, Daniel Tay, Faizon Love, Amy Sedaris and Peter Dinklage.

Elf embraces the absurd with arms outstretched, not unlike the comic way Buddy’s surrogate father Papa Elf (Newhart) stretches out his arms for a hug with his many-times-larger son (former SNLer Ferrell) and gets more than he bargained for. In addition to Ferrell’s comic pulse at the heart of the film, and the choice group of actors that surrounds him, Elf has in its favor a low tech look. Actor-director Jon Favreau makes it appear as if he has just graduated from Blue Screen 101 – and I mean this as a compliment. What’s created is a look that’s completely refreshing amid all the technological razzmatazz we’ve come to expect from movies these days. The aesthetic also comes closer to fitting in with the whole Christmas spirit in reminding us that the season is all about believing. Ferrell and company make us believe in this "deranged elf man," and in doing so offer the greatest gift of all. Read a full review of Elf.
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