Genre: Christmas, Drama, Family, Fantasy.
Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Henry Travers, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Beulah Bond.
Year Of Release: 1946
Certificate: U (UK)
Runtime: 130 Minutes
Director: Frank Capra
Synopsis: “An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.” IMDB
I’ve only seen this film twice, and both times I admire the qualities about it and the production, but fail to see how it tops the lists of “Greatest Christmas Films” year on year. The acting is top quality for the era, and the story is as iconic as ‘A Christmas Carol’, showing the more humane and sensitive side to the Christmas season and how hard, dark and pressured it can be for many of us trying to keep on top of our game.
I feel it takes off more in the final act, showing how things would have been without George, which is always interesting to see after following characters and settings over the course of the film, but something about it doesn’t win me over, and I can easily leave this one to watch for a couple of Christmas’s to come. At times I found it boring, and at times I found it too full of that style of wholesome entertainment song and dance genre when I just wanted a grounded story.
But then, we can’t all be the same, can we.