Genre Grandeur – It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – Encore Review 5 – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Oscar Nominated/Winning Films. here’s a review of It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) by me.

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“All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away. ” – Pa Bailey

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, 29 Nov 2020 and 31 Mar 2022)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A man ready to commit suicide is visited by his guardian angel who shows him what the world would be like if he had never been born.

My Take on it – This is such an amazing concept that has been copied so many times over the 75+ years since it was made.

Frank Capra does a wonderful job with this story and helps make it feel so realistic for the viewer in a timeless fashion.

Jimmy Stewart is superb in the lead role and helped make this story so iconic.

The dialogue is fresh and witty which helps make the characters feel so down to Earth and realistic in all that they do.

This film has been known for its association to Christmas because that is the setting of the story, but it is so much more than that because of the themes explored here.

Love the way that the film gives the viewer over a hour’s worth of backstory while Clarence the Guardian Angel is also supposedly learning about the character of George Bailey.

The story is filled with happy and sad moments along with frustrating ones that are left unanswered in the final film, but they still manage to stay so intriguing to watch throughout.

This film gives the viewer so much to ponder about life and how we affect others in ways that we never even realize.

The movie was nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture and Director, but walked away with no wins.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the bank run scene, director Frank Capra rehearsed the scene between James Stewart and Ellen Corby several times. When Corby’s character was asked how much money she needed, she replied $17, which was in the script. Just prior to the first actual take, Capra took Corby aside and told her to give Stewart an odd number, thinking it would be funnier. When she said “17.50” to Stewart, he was taken off-guard and impulsively kissed her, which was not in the script. Stewart’s spontaneous reply was so genuine that Capra left the scene in the final film. (From IMDB)

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


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