Will Ferrell’s charm (always a precarious
thing) depends wholly on his innocence. If you ever get the feeling he
knows better, Ferrell’s pushiness becomes insufferable, since every
vehicle he’s in is about him wresting away the steering mechanism and
veering everyone into some fantasyland. In Elf, he’s
driving a sleigh, and the movie ranks among his most enduringly blithe
workouts. Jon Favreau perpetually directs movies about grown men who
want to play with toys forever, and here he found the perfect alibi, and
a leading boy happy to stare blankly while singing at the top of his
lungs. Showing at: Laurelhurst.
- Best paired with: Full Sail Wassail.
- Also showing: Hook (Academy).