Three films always tussle for centre-stage at Christmas: ‘Die Hard’, ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Elf’, and unsurprisingly, all three have been in the news this year.
Die Hard recently made headlines because 20th Century Fox – the studio behind it – confirmed via a new trailer that despite the naysayers, it is in fact a Christmas film.
Home Alone, meanwhile, made waves – or should I say, broke the internet – when Macaulay Culkin teamed up with Google to re-enact a load of iconic scenes from the classic festive flick in a new advert.
So now, it’s naturally the turn of Elf to get some of that sweet, sweet limelight.
The film – which was the subject of an interesting fan theory, as well as being voted the greatest Christmas film of the 21st Century – was recently talked about by none other than Will Ferrell, who said that even 15 years since the film’s release, he’s been known to get choked up at moment where a crowd of people sing ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ in Central Park.
In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, the actor said: “When Buddy is in the back of the sleigh and everyone is singing in Central Park and there’s enough Christmas spirit to get it lifted off, I’m like, ‘Oh, I can’t let everyone see me cry here at my own movie.'”
Will also revealed another of his favourite Buddy moments, and I think we can all agree it’s one of ours too.
He said it’s the bit where Buddy excitedly shouts ‘Santa’ in Gimbels’ department store when he thinks he’s about to bump into the old fella’.
“That was just my articulation of Buddy just getting this piece of news. A man without a country, in this strange land finally getting to see someone he knows really well, and it would just be the most jubilantreaction.”
This comes after Radio Times released Britain’s 20 favourite Christmas films.
I won’t spoil it too much, but what I will say is that while Elf is on there, there’s also been a few oversights too.
You can see where it ranks here.
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