a holiday must: it’s a wonderful life.

17 Dec

My family has always been big on Christmas traditions – or at least until I went away to college and wasn’t around to ensure we kept up our ornament collections or got something remotely resembling a Christmas tree. One thing I try to do every year, however, is watch a Christmas movie or two. It was Tim Allen in “The Santa Claus” for awhile, but ever since I was old enough not to fall asleep 10 minutes into any black and white film, my must-see has been Frank Capra’s holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

This movie is heart-warming, has an appealing message, and is undeniably quotable. Young George saying “Help me down?” “Help ya down??!” always makes me laugh, not to mention the oft-recited “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!” and “No man is a failure who has friends.” I like the fact that this movie sort of pays homage to A Christmas Carol, by allowing George Bailey to see what the world would be like had he never been born. While parts of the film may seem trite or over-done, Jimmy Stewart’s too like-able and the plot is too sweet for me to criticize too heavily.

Another reason I love this movie is for some of the trivia associated with it. Did you know that this movie essentially bombed at the box office? Or that the police officer and cab driver in the film, named Bert and Ernie, may have been the inspiration for the Sesame Street characters of the same name? Additionally, Capra includes a lot of information in the first half of the film that comes into play when Clarence takes George around “Potterville.” I love the fact that the viewer is rewarded if he or she pays attention and invests in the film.

What is your favorite scene or quote from It’s a Wonderful Life?

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2 Responses to “a holiday must: it’s a wonderful life.”

  1. Katie Nelson December 18, 2010 at 11:34 pm #

    I thought Young George was so cute when I was little. Also I love the scene at the party where they all fall in the pool. Or something along those lines. I haven’t watched the movie in years, but I’ve always liked it. It’s a good classic.

    • gillian December 19, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

      I LOVE George as a kid – even in the part where he screams at Mr. Gower for “hurting his sore ear.”

      My parents really enjoyed seeing you yesterday! Hope you’re having a fun Christmas season so far!

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