47. It’s A Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)
Somehow I managed to avoid this film until this past year. I think everybody has their one or two Christmas movies that they watch every year. I know “It’s A Wonderful Life” is the staple one for many people, my brother used to watch “Scrooge” on Christmas Eve, there’s also stuff like “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer“, or “The Charlie Brown Christmas“. I was always a fan of “Mickey’s Christmas Carol“, but I haven’t seen it in years. But the one movie I have to watch it “The Christmas Story“. Every year I watch it, I know it incredibly well, but I adore it. From Flick getting his tongue stuck to a pole, to the stupid leg lamp, to “I like Santa” kid, to Scott Farkus, to the Bumpus hounds, it’s just filled with tremendous stuff.
So about this movie…I watched it while drinking alot of wine on Thanksgiving…Canadian Thanksgiving. There were some curse words, but curse words generally mean I enjoyed the movie.
What I liked about the movie was that George Bailey was the kind of everyman you can get behind, he’s decent, charming, charismatic and most of all sympathetic. You identify with him wholly, and even when he is being taken advantage of you sympathize rather than think he’s a moron. Sometimes that happens where the supposed hero is either a retard or a dick and it ruins everything, but in this film, there is the right amount of awareness on Jimmy Stewart’s part that you get hooked.
I will admit that I got mad at this movie, I was swearing alot, first when Uncle Billy misplaces the money because he’s a fucking old idiot. When George is all getting pissed at him, I totally thought a good old fashioned curbstomping was in order, but it doesn’t happen. The rest of the cast even shames George, which is kind of disappointing, because Uncle Billy is the one who fucked up, and should suffer some punishment rather than getting absolved. Ignorance is not an excuse.
Then the fact that evil fucking Mr. Potter doesn’t give back the money or get punished in anyway, that makes me mad too. There’s not denying what a total douchebag Mr. Potter is, and then he doesn’t get what’s coming to him? Not cool man.
But other than that the movie is a lot of fun, and I look forward to watching it in the holiday context.
On filmaffinity.com I gave the film a 9/10 because it’s fun, uplifting and eminantly rewatchable.