On the tenth day of Christmas my Netflix subscription gave to me…a film where Zooey Deschanel is blonde and I don’t know how I feel about that. I’ve not always been a big fan of Will Ferrell films in the past, though I must say that I love this film. Elf follows the adventures of Buddy (Will Ferrell) who after thinking he was an elf his whole life, finds out that he is actually human. He then embarks on a journey to New York to find his biological family, and a lot of fish-out-of-water comedy ensues. Will Ferrell in the lead role really works well here as he plays the bumbling, unaware fool in a way that comes off as really sweet and naively innocent. I think it could of easily have been depicted more creepily and weird but the way Ferrell portrays Buddy really works. Also, because this is a family film it could’ve been easy for Ferrell to phone it in and go for the easy laughs. Sticking with the comedy of the film, I really like how Elf manages to incorporate the comedy with the heart-warming moments, and even turns some of the things that we associate with Christmas on its head. As I mentioned, the film has a lot of fish-out-of-water comedy elements which can be somewhat of a repetitive narrative structure. However, even though in this film there are a lot of these elements at play, they do push the story along and help get the story to the happy climax. Even though Will Ferrell is really good in the lead role, it does feel that, at times, that the film is all about him and his comedy and nobody else really gets the chance to shine. Also, throughout the film we see that there is a lot of friction between Buddy and his biological father, and though I did expect for this to be resolved, it does happen very quickly. The father character (James Caan) goes to almost hating him to loving and understanding him, which feels very convenient for the sake of the plot. Elf has all the elements at play for a good family film. If you are a fan of Will Ferrell then you will enjoy this film as his performance does not disappoint. Source: whohadthenerve
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Volume 17 of the Australian Dictionary of Biography contains 658 biographies of individuals who died between 1981 and 1990. The first of two volumes for the decade, it presents a colourful mosaic of twentieth-century Australian life. It contains biographies of well-known identities such as Sir Henry Bolte, Sir Robert Askin, Sir Reginald Ansett, Sir Macfarlane Burnet, Sir Raphael and Lady Cilento, Sir Arthur Coles, Robert Holmes-O-Court, Sir Warwick Fairfax, Sir Edmund Herring, Albert Facey, Donald Friend, Sir Roy Grounds, Sir Bernard Heinze and Sir Robert Helpmann. Eminent Australian women in the volume include Dame Elizabeth Couchman, Dame Kate Campbell, Dame Doris Fitton, Dame Zara Holt and Lady (Maie) Casey. Although many of the women achieved prominence in those professions conventionally regarded as the preserve of women, othersandmdash;such as Ruby Boye-Jones, coast-watcher; Ellen Cashman, union organiser; Elsie Chauvel, film-maker; Dorothy Crawford, radio producer; Ruth Dobson, diplomat; Mary Hodgkin, anthropologist; Margaret Kelly, restaurateur; and Patricia Jarrett, journalistandmdash;demonstrate that some women at least were breaking free of the constraints of traditional expectations. The lives of fifteen Indigenous Australians are included, as are those of a number of immigrants who fled from persecution in Europe to establish a new life in Australia.
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