Guest Post: Favorite Christmas Movie set in & around NYC – ELF

Seasons Greetings from TheScarletSp1der!

When I was asked to contribute to FlixChatter about Christmas movies that I enjoy, I did not know what to think…because there are soooo many Christmas movies that I love! Narrowing it down to one or two  seemed nigh impossible! Some of my favorite Christmas movies include titles such as The Santa Clause, White Christmas, Elf, Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Story, Christmas With The Kranks, Home Alone, Jingle All The Way, the classic It’s A Wonderful Life, and many more! (I feel a movie marathon coming on soon at my house!) 🙂

Fortunately, this post is meant to focus on a couple of Christmas movies set on the East Coast! “Whew!” I can narrow it down a tad now!  Several movies showcase the legendary Rockefeller Center Christmas tree as that landmark seems to be a requirement for all Christmas movies in NYC! I hope that Ruth will get to see it this Christmas!

My choice this time around for one of my favorite Christmas movies set in and around NYC is: Elf!

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I do not enjoy much that Will Ferrell does. His over-the-top style of comedy (loud, gesture-filled, and obnoxious) ruins too many scenes in my opinion. BUT when I saw Elf for the first time, it ended up being proof to me that Ferrell can indeed be a part of a fun movie project and not ruin it. (I know many people LOVE Stranger Than Fiction….but not I). Why Elf? In case you don’t know about the film, Elf focuses on Buddy the elf -a human that was raised by elves and has lived at the North Pole his entire life at Santa’s workshop. The movie follows him as he embarks on a quest of adventure to New York City in order to find his real father who, up to this point, has had no idea of his existence. Things get hilariously interesting rather quickly as Buddy explores the unforgiving environment of New York City!

Alongside Will Ferrell, Elf showcases the acting talent of Zooey Deschanel, Bob Newhart, James Caan, and Jon Favreau (who also directed Elf….he directed Iron Man as well)! Elf ends up being a movie that encourages lightheartedness and embracing the true spirit and meaning of Christmas….and, it’s just plain fun. Here’s one of my favorite clips from this film. Elf brings a nice blend of music, cheer, unconditional love, togetherness, comedy, Christmas, and ignorance to New York City. While there are so many other films that feature Christmas in New York, Elf is one that I initially thought I would hate, but have ended up enjoying it, and I hope that you may too! If you’re still not convinced, here is the trailer…it may change your mind!

I wish a very Merry Christmas to you and yours!



What are some of your favorite Christmas movies? Do you like Elf?

7 thoughts on “Guest Post: Favorite Christmas Movie set in & around NYC – ELF

  1. Great review Spider! 🙂
    Now, I’ve never watched ELF because I don’t really understand Will Ferrell as an actor (JAck Black likewise) 🙂 but I do love me some Christmas movie, snow, NY, elves ….. And lots of green colour!

    1. thank you Dez! I feel the same very often about Will Ferrell, but something about Elf just clicks for me…and so many others. I hope you might give it a chance this season! You’ll have to let me know what you thought! Enjoy 🙂

      1. Y’know, I actually like Ferrell when he’s playing against type, i.e. Stranger than Fiction (which interestingly enough you actually don’t like, Scarlet). I remember liking this more than I thought, so great choice indeed! Thanks for your awesome contribution, T!

          1. Thanks T, yes I feel so blessed to have made it in the nick of time before the blizzard!

            Your post makes me want to see this again… thanks for the wonderful review!

  2. PrairieGirl

    Again, just like last year, I love The Bishop’s Wife (1947). What a dashing, charming angel Gary Grant makes! The 1996 The Preacher’s Wife, with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston is a remake, I like that version too, but the original still wins out.

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