January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #30 of the 47.
Let’s continue with… It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Initial Viewing Memories – This was a film that I avoided watching for years, but when I accidentally saw it in 10th grade at a friend’s house, I immediately fell in love with this story, characters and obviously the message…It has become one of my all time favorite movies sever since especially since it is a movie that can always raise my spirits when I have gone through some tough times in life.
“You see, George, you’ve really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to throw it away? ” – Clarence
Number of Times Seen – Between 10 and 20 times (Cable and TV in the 90’s, DVD, 16 Jul 2014, 14 May 2018, 19 Jun 2019 and 17 Jan 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A man who has always given of himself to others finds himself in a predicament when a warrant is sworn out for his arrest after money from his company goes missing causing him to contemplate if the world would be better off without him.
My Take on it – This is a movie that has been my go-to film whenever I need cheering up and has gotten me through some tough times in life.
The movie is largely known as a holiday favorite, but I will watch it any time during the year because it’s story and message is so poignant and is able to touch just about any one who watches it.
The character of George Bailey has become so iconic over the years, and that has largely to do with the way that James Stewart plays the character under the watchful eye of Director Frank Capra.
The story presented here is all about doing the best that we can with what we are given in life and how a good name and character is more precious than all of the money in the world.
This film’s premise has been mimicked so often over the past 70+ years, yet none of them have even come close to being as powerful as this film is.
The supporting characters have also become staples in looking at different personality types and that also helps make this story so timeless and enjoyable to watch unfold.
The idea of not realizing how much one’s actions affect other lives that are touched in some way is an astounding one because it shows the various ripple effects that occur throughout our lifetimes without us having an indication of how far those ripples can go.
Love the way that this film takes its time developing the main character so that by the time we truly need to understand his personality, we are already quite aware of how precious a soul he truly is because just like the angel Clarence, we get the opportunity to watch his grow up and learn about life, sometimes the hard way, but still seeing how educational small episodes in our lives can be.
I’ve always been surprised at the fact that this film was a box office failure, but it is now known as one of the most powerful and poignant films ever made which is why it is always played around the holiday season in order to help cheer up anyone who might be down or even just lift the spirits of those who watch it regardless of their mindset at the time.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Initially a box-office flop, the film became a cherished holiday tradition in the United States. Due to a clerical error at the NTA’s copyright office, the copyright was not renewed when it expired in 1974. It became public domain, meaning anyone who could obtain a print could broadcast it without paying royalties. Local stations aired it dozens of times between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. In the 1990s, after a series of court battles, the NTA’s successor, Republic Pictures, re-acquired the rights to the film because they owned the source material (“The Greatest Gift”) and the film’s score, which were still copyrighted. NBC now broadcasts the film, exclusively, at least twice during the holiday season. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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