Elf

Data
Title: Elf
Year: 2003
Length: 97 minutes
Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: David Berenbaum
Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel
Music: John Debney (but mostly non-original music)

My reaction
Synopsis: a man raised by Christmas elves goes to New York
How I saw it: in the theater, 2003; on video a few times (have on DVD), most recently yesterday
Concept: Great. Although, with any other casting, it could have been a terrible concept.
Story: Indifferent.
Characters: Good.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Good.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Good.
Acting: Good.
Music: Good.
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites). Will Ferrell as a man-child can’t go too far wrong at the worst of times, and this movie in particular is his best version of the character. Sweet, absurd, and unrelentingly joyful.
Objective Rating: 3.1/4 (Very good).

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