For those of you who thought that Citizen Kane was too damned depressing, I give you It's a Wonderful Life. This is one of those movies where the bits it's known for in popular culture don't occur until 90 minutes into it. I have no association with this and Christmas, I've never seen it on television. I don't get that nostalgic feeling for it. It's sappy, soft, and unambitious, but if you can power through the first 90 minutes the ending is worth seeing. But it's 90 goddamn minutes.
Be mindful of watching this without insulin nearby--it's sugary and melodromatic beyond most any other film in history. It's manipulative of the viewer from the outset so be sure you're OK with having your heartstrings repeatedly not just tugged but yanked with force.
Um dos filmes mais otimistas da história, A Felicidade Não se Compra passa uma mensagem linda e tem um dos finais mais emocionantes que eu já vi. James Stewart, Frank Capra e o roteiro ousado fazem deste uma obra-prima única.
It's a wonderful life - except for what you can't get out of your head in the early hours of the morning, when you can't sleep. George has that despair known most intensely in Capra films, where the young men have the DNA of being haunted by guilt in their souls already. Since 1946, United States has come to resemble Pottersville far more than Bedford Falls. The rural idyll of security and self-sufficiency didn't work. So as the years pass, this would-be charmer becomes a little more disturbing.
It has arguably my favorite actor and it fills me with hope for humanity when I spend most of my time doubting it. It's kind of sappy and while I usually dog movies for that, I can't help but love this one. I probably would have gave it a lower score, but it hits me very emotionally every time I watch it and a movie deserves credit for that. If you don't get a little choked up at the end I don't know how you can consider yourself a movie lover.
Just saw this for the first time. A film that shows that life isn't about achieving and getting. It's not about whoring your way to as many fancy and pleasurable experiences or 'tick the box' exotic holidays as possible. It's about the positive difference you can make by helping other people, and about realising that there are many people who would miss you if you weren't around, even if it might not seem that way when things are dark and you are feeling in the pits. Really inspiring stuff.
It will certainly tug at your emotions, but certain plot points irritated me: it made it seem that George snapped over only $8000 (lost in a ridiculous manner) and he was pretty level-headed up to that point; Stewart's acting made it convincing but more time should have been dedicated to this severe turnaround. I didn't understand how Mary becoming a librarian with glasses was a terrible fate, and I also didn't understand the magical one million dollar hot dog machine in George's first job.