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Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays

What is your must-see holiday movie? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]


It's A Wonderful Life. I'm not embarrassed to say that the film's message is one of the reasons. Good people are often aware of how much better they make people's lives, and could often benefit from something like a visit from Clarence. I'm nowhere near as saintly as George Bailey, but I know a couple of times I've benefited from people telling me about the good I've done in their lives. It made me put off the transition to being a completely selfish asshole for a while.

But a positive message is not enough to sustain a movie.There is a lot more to IAWL than that. I watched it for the first time about 10 years ago when I didn't have much else to do. I wasn't expecting much. I was expecting a treacle-fest.

I was pleasantly surprised. It has such a well-constructed story and so much loving attention to detail that it ends up being much more than an uplifting parable. The swimming pool scene alone is enough to qualify it as great film. It's very funny and is but one example of the amazing chemistry between Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.




The movie is full of nice quirky touches like this one. The wedding night scene,the knob on the bannister that keeps coming loose, Mary's needlepoint of George lassoing the moon all engage the viewer. They do a lot to keep the theme from drowning out the story.

Some people don't like this because they prefer their movies darker. I can't argue with peoples tastes. But I would point out to those people that Bailey Building And Loan keeps a raven in it's office. Is that not enough for you?

Comments

it touched me dearly..

thank you for sharing..i just watched the movie for couple of hours and it made me cry..a very old movie?