Friday, December 03, 2010

Classic Hollywood Reviews: It's A Wonderful Life

Now you had to know with the holiday season I'd review It's a Wonderful Life. It released in 1946 in the post-war days and in many ways was an effort for Jimmy Stewart and Frank Capra to resurrect careers that stalled while they fought in various roles during World War II.

The basic story is a classic. A man believes his family and town would be better off if he'd never been born. An angel who is trying to earn his wings keeps him from committing suicide and then grants his wish. It's as if he'd never been born. The balance of the film is filled with George Bailey getting to see the many ways he did impact the world. His problems don't disappear, but his perspective shifts. And in the process he is changed forever.

James Stewart's performance as George Bailey is ranked #8 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006). And this was Donna Reed's first starring role in a movie. 
Grab a blanket, light a fire, and pop some popcorn. Watch this movie to remind you in the middle of a crazy season of what really is important.  This is a movie you'll add to your holiday traditions -- though it can be viewed anytime of year.

If you've seen the movie, what's your favorite scene?

Voted the #1 inspirational film of all time in AFI's "100 Years, 100 Cheers" (June 14th, 2006)

Ranked as the #1 Most Powerful Movie of All Time by the American Film Institute (2006).

In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #20 Greatest Movie of All Time.

Ranked #3 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Fantasy" in June 2008.

The movie was nominated for five Oscars, but walked away without a single win.

1 comment:

Kameko said...

I love your review of this fantastic movie. I'm not sure that I can pick a particular scene that is a favorite, though. It seems each time I watch it, I find another reason to love the movie. It deserves all the awards that it has received, and so much more. Two of my favorite Christmas ornaments on my tree represent this awesome movie!

Blessings & congratulations on the new bundle of joy!


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