Since holidays are coming thick and fast, many families will be gathering up to watch a Christmas movie and for the ones that still don’t have a Christmas movie tradition, selection difficulties in order to keep everyone entertained might ensue. Often, there can be a debate about the best Christmas movie, as some prefer the old ones and others the modern ones. But, this year, avoid that debate since the 2003 movie Elf starring Will Ferrell has been voted The Best Family Christmas Movie.
Ranker put the 2003 comedy at the top of their list, followed by other classics like Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Santa Claus starring Tim Allen, while A Christmas Carol and Deck The Halls came in fourth and fifth.
Surprisingly, Home Alone doesn’t even feature in the contest, while the lowly 17th place of the classic It’s a Wonderful Life also surprised many. But, the voters have spoken and Elf was voted the best, so let’s respect the result.
The movie stars famous actors like James Cann and Zooey Deschanel while Will Ferrell appears in the main role as Buddy. He is one of Santa’s elves that travels from the North Pole to meet his biological father.
The Jon Favreau-directed piece was made on a budget of $33 million, but eventually made six times more than that at the Box Office. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie an 84 percent rating, with the Critical Consensus stating:
“A movie full of Yuletide cheer, Elf is a spirited, good-natured family comedy, and it benefits greatly from Will Ferrell’s funny and charming performance as one of Santa’s biggest helpers.”
Last year, Britons were not happy that not a single channel in the United Kingdom showed Elf last Christmas.
— Radio Times (@RadioTimes) December 9, 2016
They took their “sadness” to Twitter, with one saying:
“But it’s not Christmas without Elf!”
Another wrote: “Could 2016 really get any worse?”
Hopefully, the TV stations in the UK learned their lesson from last year!