It saddens me a little that this is the first time I've seen this movie. Every year I hear about It's a Wonderful Life being one of the big Christmas movies that everyone loves to watch. So, we decided to add it to the list for the Holiday Review Series. In watching this movie, I thought it was fairly boring and it was a little hard for me to pay attention at first. It wasn't until I saw it FINALLY transition into a Christmas movie that it was easier to watch. For the first hour, I kept asking myself - how is this a Christmas movie? Then finally, it was Christmas, George was in the dumps, and his guardian angel comes down to save him. And this is the point in the movie that was interesting to me. I kind of wish it was like that for the entire thing, but hey, I guess they had to build up the story so we could show him what it would have been like without him huh?
So basically, George Bailey (played by James Stewart) is about to go off to college, when his father suddenly passes away therefore leaving George to take over the family business of banking and loans. Stuck in the town where he swore to leave one day, life throws a whole bunch of curveballs at him until one day he decides that it's too much to handle. His guardian angel, Clarence (played by Henry Travers) comes down to save him from commiting suicide - he shows him what the world and all his friends and family would be like if George was never born.
find myself enjoying in old movie like this are scenes that are filled with drunk people. I'm not sure why I feel like they are much more funny than those in movies at these times. Like I was watching Breakfast at Tiffany's for the first time this weekend too, and all the drunk people at that party were just hilarious.
I'll give this movie an "Okay" rating. The storyline is good, I just wasn't too excited about watching it while I watching it. The party at the end did look like a lot of fun though!
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"