Genre Grandeur – It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – Encore Review 4

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Classic Fantasy films (thru the 1970’s) here’s a review of It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) by me.

Thanks again to Kristen of KN Winiarski Writes for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Chris ‘Tank’ Tanski of Fright Rags and we will be reviewing our favorite Alternative Christmas movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Dec by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Tank!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“And Happy New Year to you, in jail! Why don’t you go on home? They’re waiting for you!” – Mr. Potter

Number of Times Seen – At least 20 times (Cable and TV in the 90’s, DVD, 16 Jul 2014, 14 May 2018, 19 Jun 2019, 17 Jan 2020 and 29 Nov 2020)

Link to original reviewHere, Here,  Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A saving and loan banker attempts to commit suicide and is granted a chance to see what kind of world there would be without him in it.

My Take on it – When Kristen announced this month’s genre, this was the very first film that came to mind because it is a great story with a very unique fantasy twist.

I have loved this film ever since I first saw it in high school and it always brings a smile to my face because it is done so well.

The premise is quite unique (at least for when it came out) and has stood the test of time due to the way that it has been copied over and over in the 75 years since this came out.

The main character of George Bailey is developed so well that he has become such an iconic character in his own right due to the way he is depicted here.

Jimmy Stewart is superb in the lead role and this is probably his finest role despite having given us some other great ones over the years of his career.

The film’s supporting characters are all quite colorful and enjoyable to watch and help enhance this story into being something so three dimensional.

The film’s message is quite clear and remains profound and poignant even after so many decades largely due to the fact that it is one that everyone can relate to.

The idea that we each touch many lives without knowing is so true and this story is able to show how that can play out in reality especially given the fact that we can never fathom the extent of the ripple effect.

There have been so many doppelgangers of this premise over the years, yet none are as powerful or poignant as the way that Frank Capra deals with it here.

The fact that this film has become a holiday staple says so much about how profound its story is and it’s able to work on so many levels.

Bottom Line – Amazing premise that works so well because we get to see how developed the characters are due to the way things are presented. Stewart is superb in the lead role and this is his most iconic role because he truly is able to embody the character of George Bailey. The supporting characters are quite colorful and add so much to the way that things play out. The film’s message is a profound one that still rings true even after nearly 75 years because in essence every one of us is able to affect so many others around us even in ways that we can never fathom. The idea that this film brings forth has been copies so many times over the decades, yet none are as poignant and powerful like the way that Capra does it here. Such an amazing story that works on so many different levels and has become a holiday staple due to it’s premise. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – James Stewart was nervous about the phone kiss scene because it was his first onscreen kiss since his return to Hollywood after the war. Under director Frank Capra’s watchful eye, Stewart filmed the scene in only one unrehearsed take, and it worked so well that part of the embrace was cut because it was too passionate to pass the censors. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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