Thursday, December 20, 2007

#1 Favorite Christmas Movie: It's a Wonderful Life


Yep. This is it. As corny and sappy as it gets. But It's a Wonderful Life is my absolute favorite Christmas movie. Perhaps it's because I often feel a little like George. This movie reminds me that each of us effect the people around us in ways we never realize and the world would be colder and sadder if any one of us were missing.

Promo info: George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all of his good deeds over the years. Will Clarence be able to convince George to return to his family and forget suicide? Now perhaps the most beloved American film, It's a Wonderful Life . . . deserves its status as a feel-good communal event, but it is also one of the most fascinating films in the American cinema, a multilayered work of Dickensian density. George Bailey (played superbly by James Stewart) grows up in the small town of Bedford Falls, dreaming dreams of adventure and travel, but circumstances conspire to keep him enslaved to his home turf. Frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, George prepares to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. A heavenly messenger (Henry Travers) arrives to show him a vision: what the world would have been like if George had never been born. Capra's triumph is to acknowledge the difficulties and disappointments of life, while affirming--in the teary-eyed final reel--his cherished values of friendship and individual achievement. It's a Wonderful Life . . . but it continues to weave a special magic.

If you've never seen this movie, go rent it now, sit down with the family, and watch it!

Now playing on my iPod: Please Come Home for Christmas by The Eagles

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