It’s another classic Christmas film this week on The Late Late Review – the iconic American classic, It’s A Wonderful Life.
Release Date: December 1946.
Awards: Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Recording and won the Technical Achievement Award at the Oscars. Not too shabby!
Rating: 8.6/10 on IMDb and a 95% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s fair to say this is a favourite!
So, George Bailey (James Stewart) has given up on his dreams for the good of his community. In taking on the local evil capitalist and helping out his friends and neighbours, George finds himself in a sticky situation moneywise and ends up contemplating suicide (Festive AF so far, right?) and wishing he had never been born.
Enter George’s guardian angel, Clarence (Henry Travers). He is tasked by his superiors to help George realise that his life is worth living. Clarence shows George what his neighbourhood would be like without him in an effort to show what a difference he’s made in his life.
So I’m fairly certain everyone has a basic understanding of the concept of this movie, but what surprised me was how close to the end all of the main action happens! Don’t get me wrong, the build up to the main event helps build a really emotional picture of George, but I really thought the reveal would go on longer.
This is one of those movies where you can really understand the enduring appeal. It has a really emotional heart and a great message. I apparently need to readjust my understanding of a Christmas film though, as this is another film that happens at Christmas rather than a film about Christmas. Maybe I’m just more pedantic than I realised.
Regardless of whether or not this is an actual Christmas film, this movie has earned such love from audiences that it was recognised as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in their National Film Registry. It also placed 7th in Channel 4’s “100 Greatest Films” list in 2002, along with charting highly in a number of other lists.
If you haven’t seen it yet, why not give it a go? The story is timeless and heart warming and when better to try it than almost 73 years to the day since it first came out? You won’t regret it. Promise.
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