Elf ★★½

Will Ferrel has been doing the same shtick since at least 2000 and it’s just embarrassing to me. I appreciate Jon Favreau’s comittment to the craft. Working with forced perspective, stop-motion and some clear guerrilla shooting around NYC, but it is all in service of Ferrel acting like an overgrown child in a schmaltzy Christmas movie. Even if it makes sense for his character it is just not a very funny or interesting character. I suppose it is easy to give Elf a free pass considering its pretty solid first act, but once the film gets to New York it just crumbles, in my opinion. It is not funny enough, nor engaging enough to work either as a comedy or a drama. I would have loved more North pole gags and less Will Ferrel ad libs.