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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Before writing my comment, I skimmed through the existing 196 user
and found that much has been said about the way this film reaches out and
touches people (some of whom are fully paid-up members of the cynics
There have also been some very negative views registered, and I think I
see why some find it hard to relate to this film, with it's post-war
and strong religious tones.
Personally I love 'It's a Wonderful Life' on all levels; it is heart-warming and moving, it has a message that is lacking in so many films today and it is a superb piece of cinematic art. But if the religious frame of the film does not appeal to you, I say look beyond it and appreciate some of the most skillful moments of cinematography and finest acting you will ever see.
In my mind the finest scene is that when George meets his brother from the train and discovers that he is planning to marry. Watch the way the rest of the action becomes incidental as the camera focuses on George, a man seeing his hopes slipping away from him.