Everyone has heard of It’s a Wonderful Life, if you haven’t, it’s probably because you live in Antarctica or you have purposely avoided watching an old corny rerun in black and white.
I command you to watch it, and if you have a heart, you will cry with joy. This film has endured as a timeless classic for 70 years for good reason. This film is pure art because it taps into the human experience in such an effective way. Simply and beautifully showing us that we are all important!
The premise of the story is, of course, how a man named George Bailey keeps sacrificing his money and his desires all his life to help others in various ways over the years. Later in his life George is finally overwhelmed by his latest problems that he cannot solve himself. He loses hope. He despairs, and is standing on a bridge contemplating suicide when an Angel named Clarence saves him and shows him what life in Bedford Falls would have been like without him when he is ready to commit suicide.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a movie that you can watch over and over again. It’s movie that makes you think, about life in general and how each person makes a difference. It makes you think about how great life can be (hence the title “It’s a Wonderful Life). It also entertains with many light-hearted moments, particularly towards the end of the film.
The message in this film is one of courage and sacrifice for the greater good as George Bailey, a man with big ideas about seeing the world, continually forsakes his own desires to do what is right for the town. The second message is that each life important. No matter how insignificant we feel we are, we are all inextricably linked to each other and play an important part in the fabric of one another’s lives.
For sheer emotion, this film has the lot. the inspirational, thoroughly festive ending is guaranteed to bring tears to the eyes.Combined with the characters, the story, the message, and the acting, it’s easy to see why It’s a Wonderful Life isn’t just a holiday favourite, but a great movie by almost any standards