I mentioned this scene in my recent review of She & Him’s debut album, Volume One. It’s the moment I first learned that Zooey Deschanel has a wonderful singing voice. It’s also a very sweet scene in a very sweet film.
Elf is one of the only things I’ve seen Will Ferrell in that I’ve halfway enjoyed. Here, his overgrown man-child act makes sense, because he’s playing a man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus. Now that’s funny. And Jon Favreau does a nice directing job, proving his ability to turn out a high-concept crowd pleaser years before Iron Man graced our screens.
This is a nice scene where Ferrell feels a connection to fellow department store elf Deschanel that cuts through his loneliness. It also sets up the film’s climax, where Deschanel once again breaks into song and in doing do saves Christmas.