Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Not Rated. Drama, Romance, Christmas, Family Film
My thoughts: So, so, so, SO much more than a Christmas movie. But quite the Christmas movie, just the same.
So many from different generations now know the story of the one-of-a-kind George Bailey (James Stewart), a young, ambitious man intent on getting out of his hometown of Bedford Falls to “see the world” and “do something big and important.” But there’s always something to foil George’s plans and keep him where he is, particularly the Bailey family business (the Building & Loan), his own growing family, and the town that needs him. What will it take for George to realize just how wonderful of a life he has, just the way it is?
Even with his full acting career and the fact that I enjoy watching him in other films, James Stewart is George Bailey to me, as I’m sure he is to countless others who also watch George’s classic life story every year. Mary, Clarence, Harry, even old Mr. Potter, and the people of Bedford Falls help to keep the holiday of all holidays what it is for the lot of us: wonderful.