A young adult reunites with an old friend who promises to help her dream come true in this family friendly film from the people who brought you Dolphin Island.
Years ago, Jessie lived in the country, and she had befriended a forest elf named Ghillie Dhu. However, when her family moved, she never heard from Ghillie Dhu again. Years have passed and Jessie, now a young adult, has dreams of being a hairdresser. Her mother, Valerie, is a renowned stylist whose protégé, Amelia, is one of the most famous stylists in town. Jessie gets a job as an intern for Amelia and things are not what she seems.
That is, until Ghillie Dhu has learned Jessie’s whereabouts and reunites with her. However, she doesn’t remember him. She soon learns that without her necklace, a gift from Ghillie, he is rendered invisible. When she sees Ghillie working on a client in Amelia’s absence, Jessie soon realizes Ghillie may be exactly what she needs to live her dream. However, as time goes on, Jessie realizes that she may need to learn to do things on her own and when her sudden fame affects her relationship with her mother, it is up to Ghillie to bring the two together again.
This is quite a fun and at times emotional family film that may bring to mind Drop Dead Fred in terms of the two central characters having a reunion after being apart for many years. However, wever, unlike that film, this takes a more family friendly approach and even has Jessie not being able to remember her childhood friend. However, she does soon remember and the two begin to work together.
Julia Brown pulls in a good performance as the titular Jessie, who aspires to follow in the footsteps of her mother, Valerie, played by Gail Watson. However, not one for conspiring for nepotism, she has her own place and has a roommate, Sal, played by Eloise King Anderson. It is when we get to see the titular “elf boy”, Ghillie Dhu, played by newcomer Huck Whittle in a really good debut performance as someone who not only wants to help his old friend, but find a way to reconnect with her.
The film has some feel-good moments, some laughs, and some emotional moments. There is even a scene where when Jessie accepts a date from the popular Tyler, Ghillie suspects something is not right about Tyler. This leads to when Jessie tells Ghillie to leave her alone, until his suspicions prove correct, but it is too late. Soon enough, there becomes a major conflict between Jessie and her mother, which leads to something very surprising and brings a sense of predictability as this is a family film after all.
Jessie and the Elf Boy can be described as Drop Dead Fred redesigned as a family-friendly hair dramedy, with good performances by Julia Brown and Huck Whittle in the titular roles.
WFG RATING: B+
Entertainment Squad presents a Fellowship Films production. Director: Philip Todd. Producers: Matthew Todd, Nathan Todd, Philip Todd, John Walkinshaw, and Tom Walkinshaw. Writers: Philip Todd, Matthew Todd, and Lindsey Stirling. Cinematography: Elliot Wallis. Editing: Philip Todd.
Cast: Julia Brown, Huck Whittle, Gail Watson, Eloise King Anderson, Belle Jones, Nathan Hamilton, Ian Liang, Neil Bratchpiece, Naomi Stirrat.