Ok so, when it comes to Christmas everyone has their favourite movies for many different reasons. When I was a kid, if you asked me what my favourite Christmas movie was, I probably would have said Nester the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey. What’s that all about? Any claymation with a cherub is all right by me.
And then there’s the classics like It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and Home Alone 1, and 2. These movies are amazing. Obviously. With the important self realizations that the protagonists learn about themselves, these movies not only tug at the heart strings, but they teach us all a thing or two. We especially learn from Kevin McCallister. How else would any of us know how to protect our homes from two idiot burglars? Plus, there’s every other Rankin/Bass claymation (Rudolph, The Little Drummer Boy, Pinocchio’s Christmas, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, etc.), Charlie Brown’s Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol (Muppets and Mickey’s) and of course Love Actually – the most romantic Christmas movie of all time.
And although I love all those movies because they are perfect, and I watch pretty much all of them each and every Christmas, in the last few years, I have come to the realization that Elf, is in fact, The Best Christmas Movie Ever for all the reasons below:
- There’s a random Narwal in the beginning. Why? Just cause. And he offers the best words of encouragement.
- No tomatoes. They’re too vulnerable. Kids they are already vulnerable.
- When Buddy get’s off his iceberg, it’s just a tiny sheet of ice and has to balance carefully so he doesn’t fall into the water. Talk about being detail oriented.
- World’s Best Coffee. You did it! Buddy is right, this should be celebrated.
- The yellow ones don’t stop. This is probably the most insightful line in a movie ever. Cabs play by their own rules. And by playing by rules, I mean that they don’t have any.
- The old nun who expresses so passionately that ‘the children love the books.’ It’s true, the children love the books.
- Chewed gum on sidewalks is not free candy. This is a life lesson for all.
- Lite-Brite’s and Etch A Sketch’s. Epic toys that I hope someone buys me for Christmas. (Hint).
- Tyrion Lannister.
- Will Ferrell is a genius in this. An absolute genius. Did you hear that?
- Santa. He’s pretty bad-ass in this movie.
- Maple syrup pasta? Sounds delicious.
The only complaint I have is that the beautiful and amazing Zoe Deschenel sings way too slowly. Her voice is amazing and she’s wickedly talented, but why couldn’t they make the metronome tick a little faster for her?
Anyway, what do you think? What Christmas/Holiday movie do you think is the best? That said, if you don’t think it’s Elf, you’re wrong. But, I’ll listen anyway.
Because you’re here now, daddy, and guess what? I love you. I love you. I LOOOOOVE You!