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Friday Face-Off: Best Christmas Movie?
Published: December 24, 2021
Going into these joyful Christmas times, you can find many different Christmas movies playing throughout homes. With so many Christmas movies to choose from, some may ask how we can really pick a favorite. Well, even with all these choices there has to be a winner. So which movie will be the winner today: Elf or Home Alone?
A classic movie released in 2003, Elf is an all time favorite during the winter season. This Christmas movie pulled out all the stops with an amazing cast, director, plot and special effects. Having a movie directed by Jon Favreau with Will Ferrell in it already sets it up to be a great movie no matter what.
Elf has a really great depiction of the North Pole and the elves there. The more two-dimensional sets of the North Pole help Buddy stand out more and really exaggerate his human qualities compared to the elves. The set also gives us some amazing landscapes such as the candy-cane forest and the toy workshop. Elf also gave us an iconic line given by our favorite animated narwhal: “Bye, Buddy. Hope you find your dad”.
Buddy the elf gives us an extraordinary amount of Christmas spirit, making this the best Christmas movie ever. Buddy is always happy no matter what situation he finds himself in; mean dad, broken sled, drab news room, Buddy will be happy anyway. This happiness translates to the audience and gets everyone in the Christmas spirit. He gets to decorate the store with his beautiful Christmas decorations making it a perfect winter wonderland. We also get to see Buddy’s idea of the best food groups and how excited eating those foods makes him. Buddy is always smiling in the movie to make sure everyone knows that Christmas is his favorite time of the year.
“Elf is the best Christmas movie because it stars Will Ferell and he makes the entire movie funny.” said junior Cameron Chapple.
Home Alone is a classic christmas movie if not the best christmas movie. Home Alone is just an overall family friendly feel good movie. From the plot to the music to the hijinks it is just a great movie for everyone of all ages. Especially kids, I mean the whole premise of the movie is about Kevin being home alone and creating his own Christmas and that’s like almost every kid’s dream.
On top of that in Home Alone we see Kevin get to be a hero in fighting the hilarious villains of the movie. The best parts are seeing him use household resources and fighting against two burglars and save his house and neighborhood.
Overall this movie is very heartwarming. We see the “mean” neighbor who is just misunderstood because he really just wants to see his family. We also get to see a mom do everything in her power to get home to see her child. Not to mention we get to meet other characters and their take on the holiday spirit. Overall this movie just embodies the Christmas spirit and shows that there is not one way to celebrate Christmas and that the most important thing is family.
“I like home alone because it’s a classic funny Christmas movie,” said junior Laila Clubbs. “It’s something you can talk to just about anyone about, because It’s just this thing that every person you meet has this same love for.”