I think all the world has seen “It’s a Wonderful Life” if you haven’t here is the plot. On Christmas Eve 1946, George Bailey (James Stewart) is deeply depressed, even suicidal. Prayers for George are heard by the angels. Clarence George’s angel is sent to help George in his hour of need.
George’s life is hard. Having repeatedly tried and failed to escape the “crummy old town” he was born and raised in. His buddy goes off and makes a fortune. His brother marries into a lucrative family business while he’s just scraping by, stuck in a job that he hates. In spite of those things he has a super HOT wife, family and friends that love him and will do Anything for him. Even when he’s reached his lowest.
This is the only Christmas movie I will make sure im home to watch. I think we all can identify with George Bailey. We want life journeys, adventurous journeys that lead us to tell interesting stories. You know those OMG I feel so alive at that moment in time type journeys. As we get older the responsibilities of the world start to peak its ugly head & our adventurous side gets lost in the sauce. Its easy to get caught up in the mind fuck we put ourselves in.
At the end of the day all you need is family, love, and a place you can call home.
That’s pretty uplifting to me. George’s comes to terms with his sacrifices the giving and struggles were for the right.
My favorite scene in “It’s a Wonderful Life” is 5 seconds in length from 2:46 to 2:50. Its where Stewart kisses the newel cap on the banister. It was a running gag thru out the film that the newel cap was always falling off. But after his encounter with Clarence, George realizes that its the little things in life that are so important and you need not to sweat the small stuff. Just enjoy the gift we are given in life.
The director of “It’s a Wonderful Life” Frank Capra said that he wanted the movie to give one clear message: that no man is a failure, and that every person’s life counts….. Thats a nice thought around this time of year when we try and reflect on what are our achievements and failures of the year. Buon Natale….