Maybe it was the string of duds I was coming off enduring. Maybe it was the aligning of the sun and stars. Maybe it was the eggnog. Whatever the reason, halfway through the movie, I had to a realization. This wasn’t just a good Christmas movie. For increasingly cynical times, 'Elf' is just about the most perfect Christmas movie imaginable.
The toughest moments to watch on-screen are those that grimly reveal that the nation and its people have remained stagnant, stuck in a place beyond political repair, a place with barren streets and roofs caved in.