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yes indeed its one of the best movies that goes down in history...yes..you're no man until you have friends....its stunning how one can change the others life by simply his presence and moreover sometimes his actions driven by his judgment of things....clearly the best part of this movie is the 4th quarter...George Bailey is a troubled man because of his current financial situation.....and the angel comes down to show him how the others life would be if he never existed....we really should stop and think what we have done in the past...and know that we've all changed the life's of others...maybe u're giving an advice to someone to go someplace and there he will meet a person who will change his life for good of that fellow...the angel is a psychological creature that we all have in mind...by reflecting on our good things that we've done in our past we should really feel better...everyone carries this angel but not everyone uses it....
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Overall rating: Grade 1
This is my favorite Hollywood film ever made. No other Hollywood film has ever touched my heart the way this one did. In my opinion, Hollywood don't make films like this, and its good to have films that touch your heart. Even though, its a long film (2hrs 10mins) it is worth every second. Frank Capra managed to make it an epic film with comedy, tragedy, romance etc.
Acting Rating The acting by the actors is exceptional. James stuart acted really well, and this is one of him best films. The children acted very well.
It's a wonderful life is a magical piece of film-making that has
entertained and inspired several generations. While it is easy to be
critical of technical and creative aspects of the film., anyone who
thinks this is less than a classic can only be seen as a cynic and
totally devoid of any heart. The inability to appreciate the warmth and
heart on display here is sadly a reflection on a persons bitterness
about life in general and a need to drag down anything that smacks of
As a person who chose a career in film and has studied film history I stand proudly on this movie as a genuine classic. Of course this film is subject any analysis. It can even be rated a B-, but to rate it anything less than a 7 out of ten speaks volumes about the critic's lack of any true feeling for the emotion of film.
Pure movie magic that has never been eclipsed before or since. The
feelings one can derive from this film have no benchmark for
comparison. Additionally, each and every scene is essentially flawless
with regard to the movie's purity and "vibe".
Please note, when George says, "Well, how old are ya?" his lips are not moving!
You won't believe the neat experience I had with bringing the woman who played Zuzu to introduce the film at a Christmas screening in historic Greenbelt, MD a few years back. If you're a fan, do yourself a favor and read about it at http://zuzu.net/essays/wonderful_theatre.html.
For many, "It's A Wonderful Life" is a staple to their holiday
traditions. With all major networks vying to get their hands on this
mediocre blockbuster, this little film transforms from ordinary to cult
status every holiday. As a viewer, outside of the final act, this Jimmy
Stewart classic is more than just a Christmas movie, but instead a
powerful Capra film that demonstrates an America from long ago. It
shows a small-town America, without the plowed Wal-Mart roads or
big-box makeovers. For this critic, it demonstrates the power of
independent business, and why we may never find this type of service
ever again. As an independent, downtown shop owner of about a year and
a half myself; "It's A Wonderful Life" transformed this viewing from
holiday pastime to dedicated film exposing the corruptive nature of
capitalism as well as the realism of independent business. With this
change in tact, Jimmy Stewart's words become more emotional, Donna
Reed's actions become more honest, and our little Christmas film
transforms into a man's journey to search for himself. I cannot
denounce that this is a holiday film, Stewart screams "Merry Christmas"
throughout the entire ending, but before that final conclusion there
are about two hours of small town America and one man's struggle to
escape. "It's A Wonderful Life" is a powerful blend of realism and
fantasy, individualism and community, dreams and truth, as well as
frustration and joy. The cast is superbly placed in their respective
roles and Capra's action behind the camera stands boldly in place. This
is not just a movie, but an experience coupled with foreshadowing
giving George not just a glimpse of a world without him but also a
glimpse of a world without small business
"It's A Wonderful Life", the film itself, is beautifully crafted. With new editions being released each season, one can easily see the crisp beauty of Capra's image. Its characters; George Bailey, Mary, Sam Wainright, Potter, Bert and Ernie, and even Clarence seem to jump from the screen, giving us imaginative citizens to this quaint town of Bedford Falls. Capra not only gives these characters spirits and souls, but also the town. Capra built three blocks of Bedford Falls so that he could capture the honesty of the town that Stewart so adamantly wanted to leave and upon doing this gave this little town a soul of its own. Watching this film, Stewart's portrayal of George Bailey runs the gambit of powerhouse acting. Stewart, freshly back from the war, was worried if he could carry the weight of Bailey's cynicism. His ability to care for Bedford Falls, while always dreaming of wanting to escape could only be portrayed through Stewart's Americana eyes. When he screams at Mary, denouncing his desire to be on the ground floor in plastics, or when he yells at Potter's bid to join him we scream with him. This film works from an acting standpoint because we believe in the characters we trust the actors to give us a slice of their souls for these roles and they do. One cannot fault anyone in this film for their acting and that is a rarity in today's Hollywood.
Capra's eye in this film seems far more advanced than the credit he has received. His enormous sets, the birth of a new "snow", and his ability to create a world we care for without having to travel the globe. What I enjoy about "It's A Wonderful Life" is that Capra tricks you by the end. Here we believe, outside of the brief opening, that this is just your typical drama, a man's life is shown in scope so that he can see his full worth, but then sneakily Capra brings in (depending on your religious basis) a huge science-fiction element that was unheard of during the time. One cannot argue the validity of science fiction vs. religion in this film since Joseph is portrayed by the stars and planets. Sure, Clarence was an angel, but there is this aura of the supernatural. Clarence offers no evidence that he is, in fact, sent by the man upstairs, so one has to question the time this film was released, the faith in spirituality, and the fact that Capra's Clarence could be alien, vegetable, or mineral.
Overall, "It's A Wonderful Life" remains in constant rotation no matter the time of year in my home. The acting is superb, the sci-fi element seems fresh every time, and the growing fact that George Bailey is pro-independent business means quite a bit in this rushed Wal-Mart world. Bailey, and this film, is the voice for the little man, the quiet shopkeeper who doesn't want to sell to Potter, but instead dreams of keeping their home-style values. The spark between Potter and Bailey can be seen in every facet of today's growing world, as the rich continue to get richer the less fortunate work harder and feel more held back. Dreams are traded for jobs communities are strengthened by friendships. This film is a time capsule for the future, as we discover convenience overcomes customer service; it is nice to look back and see a world like Bedford Falls. The science fiction element to this film, yep that is what I am considering it comes in sharp and remains powerful throughout. Did anyone else see Jimmy Stewart's eyes throughout those scenes? Brilliant! While this film will remain a staple through the holidays, I persist that you watch it away from the holiday to see the real message behind the film. Capra was a genius in creating this film, and subsequently crafted a cult film that will remain forever. Even today, nearly thirty years since my first viewing, I am more impressed that ever. It is a film that grows with you, and that is quite a rarity in today's cinema.
Grade: ***** out of *****
"It's a Wonderful Life" is a movie that you can watch over and over
again. The movie makes you think about life in general and how each
person makes a difference. It's about life with all its ups and downs
and about how great life can be. It also entertains with many light
hearted moments, particularly towards the end of the film.
The cast is excellent. I'm especially fond of James Stewart's performance, and the direction is second to none. Yet it is the fact that almost any person can watch this movie and come away feeling inspired that makes it easily the best movie of all time!
"It's a Wonderful Life" is literally a wonderful, multi-layered, romantic, serious, funny, touching and inspiring movie--much like life itself.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I'm 16 and last year, my Dad (who is NOT a great film lover in any sense) bought the DVD of 'It's A Wonderful Life'. When he almost ordered us all to watch it on Christmas Eve, i wasn't expecting to be amazed. By the end of the movie, when all his friends and family come together to help him, the tears came flooding thick and fast. I think it is a sad thing that I'm only 16 and that seeing such brotherly love between him and people who barely knew him was so strange to me. I cried not only for the happy ending, but for the fact that this movie, made less than 70 years ago and that the world it shows no longer exists. From now on, every year on Christmas Eve, that movie will be brought down from the shelf, because i think it is an important and thoroughly enjoyable film with an amazing moral: Everyone will get their Just Desserts one day.
You have ever heard of the quote by Nietzsche "Hope is the worst of
evils, for it prolongs the torments of man?" Well you feel really down
and you can't see a way out when you hear such a quote!
An idealist guy named George Bailey(played by James Stewart), a man who has forgone all of his dreams wants to help his town out. When he starts thinking of committing suicide, believing that he has achieved nothing worthwhile, an angel shows him a view of what the world would have been like if he had never lived when he Bailey just wished he had never been born! He sees that his wife would never marry,his brother would never get a medallion for his heroic achievement(the only thing that I didn't like in the movie it shows war as some sort of heroic achievement though it is supposed to be about hope and life all over)the pharmacist who gave him a job would go to the prison but for Bailey's help etc... The movie just puts itself right there when you are torn apart between hope and wishing you had never been born. Every one of us feels down and wishes to see something different in our life sometimes we do think that we are not worth living but each ordinary life has something to give even we're down or discouraged. A realist view like Nietzsche's could help us keep our head above the water but we need the concept "it's a wonderful life" to enjoy the every little perfection of our small lives!
this is just a note to other commenters out there who have the
experience and authority to contact IMDb on items such as deaths. The
IMDb shows that actress Argentina Brunetti passed away on 20 November
2005. MSN is showing that she passed away on 20 December 2005. I'm sure
it is a typo and may have already been corrected. However, I could not
contact IMDb to advise them of this because (as they indicated) I am
not "qualified" to comment on deaths. So, perhaps one of you viewers
can pass the word on to them. I only am doing this because I noticed
the discrepancy and I am really trying to be helpful. However, the IMDb
people have imposed some restrictions pertaining to what can be said
and just how many words and lines of type can be used to communicate
with them. By the way, the movie is as good now as it was almost 60
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The story of George Bailey. But, who is he? He's a man from Bedford
Falls, grew up there as a boy, took over the family business in his
twenties, and fell in love there too, to Mary. Yes, it was a wonderful
life, but what would happen if he had never been born? Well, that's
where Clarence comes in. He's the angel sent to show George that his
life has meant something to people, a lot of them, in fact. If not for
George, Harry would have drown at the age of nine, and therefore, would
not have been there to save men in World War II.
So you see, not being born changed many peoples lives in Bedford Falls, including his family. Uncle Billy was sent to a psychiatric hospital, and his mother was unable to trust a stranger. And of course, not being born changed Bedford Falls too. It was known as Pottersville in this alternate universe, where Henry Potter was more rich and more corrupt, and owned the town. Now you know why Clarence had to jump into the river after George to save his life, and why George had to jump in to save Clarence. Without George, what else could have possibly happened? Bedford Falls may have been in ruins. George learned his lesson, and hopefully Mr. Potter would learn his too, for stealing the Bailey's money.
This is a great story, but "don't take my word for it." Go watch this brilliant classic. It is worth the time!
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