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Movie Challenge: favorite comedy

24 May

 

5.) Your Favorite Comedy

answer: Elf

I like how the beginning throws back to the claymation version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (in both look and story), which was my favorite Christmas cartoon as a child.

I like Buddy’s sense of wonder about everything, when he leaves the North Pole and shows up in New York City.

I like how some people appreciate his innocence, while others are completely baffled by it.

I like the mishaps he gets into

and the way he fixes things without even realizing.

I hated making snowflakes in school but I loved making paper chains!

 

I laugh and smile so much throughout this movie but I always, ALWAYS cry at the end. When the crowd is trying to power Santa’s sleigh with Christmas Spirit by singing, the camera focuses on a little baby; the sense of innocent awe as the sleigh takes off into the air just makes me lose it! It’s only a few seconds long but I can’t resist tearing up!

‘The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear’

 

I loved Christmas time when I was a child. It was all about magic and love and believing in things that you couldn’t see. I was able to revisit that sense of wonder when my kids were young. The past few years, holidays have been such an ordeal for me, so stressful, so much spite and bitterness on display in my extended families; it just makes my heart hurt.

tension.

 

It makes me want to nail our door shut for two months straight and find that magic again, with just the four of us. I can’t do that, but I can watch Elf to recharge my senses, so that I can brave the gatherings with a smile on my face.

because

smiling’s my favorite

 

up next: a movie that makes you happy

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Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Movies

 

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4 responses to “Movie Challenge: favorite comedy

  1. Servetus

    May 24, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen this film, but I have a former student who has a cult attachment to it — he dresses up as the Will Farrell character and photographs himself.

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    • KellyDS

      May 24, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      I’m sure that’s a sight! 😀

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      • Servetus

        May 24, 2017 at 6:35 pm

        Everyone needs a hobby 🙂 But he’s had a kind of tragic life — his wife gave birth to premature triplets, two died in NICU. I think that in surprising ways pretending to be the elf keeps him optimistic.

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        • KellyDS

          May 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm

          I love when I see people dressed up in costume (probably comes from my mother’s love of Halloween. she continued to dress up, even after both my brother and I moved out of the house), especially if it’s just random. it makes me smile seeing it, which makes them smile, and it’s just a nice little circle reaction 🙂

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