You were almost expecting this today, weren't you? Anyway, onto the review.
George Bailey (James Stewart) has spent his entire life giving to the citizens of Bedford Falls. He longed to travel but can't because he has to prevent Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore) from taking over the town. But after a mishap involving money from his loan company which could land him in jail, he has thoughts of suicide. His guardian angel Clarence (Henry Travers) shows him what would've happened had George not been born.
You know how they are some movies that leave an effect on you after you watch them? That happened to me after I saw It's a Wonderful Life. I was in a good mood for some time after the credits had rolled.
The one that shocked me most about this certain movie is that it did poorly when it came out. Yes, you read that right. A Christmas classic bombed in its release. One contributor to that was the fact it came out a week after The Best Years of Our Lives (which ended up winning Best Picture for that year).
Sure it's schmaltzy in some parts but it did come out a year after World War Two ended, so what? You gotta admit it is a very good movie.
My Rating: *****