Each person holds dear a particular Christmas movie close to their heart. For me, it’s “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” Yet, in the vast landscape of holiday films, preferences diversify: from action-packed thrills with “Die Hard” or heartwarming tales like “Love Actually.” Charlize Theron, the illustrious Fast and Furious luminary, maintains secrecy about her ultimate favorite. However, she’s voiced her admiration for “Elf,” placing it in high regard without explicitly disclosing her top choice.
In a feature with Harpers Bazaar, a casual mention captures Theron’s enthusiastic sentiment towards the Will Ferrell-led comedy. Her expletive-laden praise, “F***ing perfect,” stands alone, lacking additional context beyond her apparent fondness for colorful language. Yet, what more is necessary? “Elf” embodies a cherished yuletide classic, an annual tradition for many, and it seems Theron is among its devoted fans.
Released in 2004, “Elf” recounts the tale of Will Ferrell’s character, a human raised as an elf in the North Pole, who embarks on a quest to reunite with his biological father in New York City. Essentially, the film serves as a vehicle for Ferrell to portray a Christmas-obsessed elf navigating the bustling city, enthusiastically spreading cheer about Santa Claus and the holiday spirit. Appreciation for the movie likely hinges on one’s affinity for Ferrell’s comedic style, though the presence of actors like James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, and Mary Steenburgen undoubtedly adds to its appeal.
Helmed by Jon Favreau, known for his direction in family-oriented narratives, “Elf” offers a viewing experience that, while occasionally chaotic, exudes a certain ease and charm. Favreau’s adept storytelling seems to have struck a chord, evident in the film’s ability to captivate even someone of Theron’s stature and discerning tastes.