5 Reasons I Love "It's a Wonderful Life"-Remix

Just over a year ago I blogged about my love for the classic Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life.

Since then I’ve heard too many people say they just flat out don’t like the movie. They say it is boring, or they can’t stand black and white, or any other excuse there is.

I just can’t take it. So I decided to bring back this post after watching the movie over the weekend. I’ve also included a few additions from the previous post.

    • George Bailey is the story of every man (and woman). In the beginning of the movie his dad asks him to stick with the building and loan and he says no. He has big plans, like lassoing the moon. Of course, life gets in the way. His dad dies and he sticks with the building and loan, and then his brother gets married and has a good job offer. Just because he never travels the world doesn’t make his life less significant.
      • I’ve always been like George. I’ve had these huge ambitions that I’m supposed to do things that get recognized as heroic. I don’t think it has panned out yet, and maybe it shouldn’t. The great thing is that George made an impact on so many without being “heroic”. That is my ultimate goal in life.
    • Everyone has had life unravel just like George’s does when the money is lost in Potter’s newspaper.
    • Good versus evil is a timeless story. Bailey versus Potter. Potter is out to make a buck and has bad public relations but George Bailey and his family are selfless and live a middle class life so that they can bless the lives of others.
      • Everyone likes to think they are giving and selfless but few have done what George Bailey did on his wedding day.
      • Everyone would love to see what kind of impact they have had in the world.
      • Everyone loves to be appreciated for what they have done.
    • Clarence Oddbody is cooler than any angel I could think up.
      • The fact is, Clarence is odd. But isn’t it the truth that the strangest people are the ones who help us turn life around.
    • The ending makes me tear up every time. Call me a woman or whatever, but the ending is perfect. I’m man enough to admit it. Without fail, it just happens. I can’t explain it, but it happens.

      What is your favorite Christmas movie?

      • http://seth.heasley.net/blog Seth

        White Christmas is my favorite, mostly because I’m a rabid Danny Kaye fan (though not enough of a fan to be able to enjoy “Up in Arms”). My other favorite is “A Christmas Carol” (the George C. Scott version).

        I didn’t see “It’s a Wonderful Life” until I was maybe 22. It’s a sweet movie, if a bit schmaltzy. I definitely wouldn’t call it boring. Every time I see it, I root for Mr. Potter to give the money back.

      • http://manofdepravity.com Tyler

        I love White Christmas.

      • David Stewart

        I agree with your list of why “Wonderful Life” is a great movie, especially the part about tearing up at the end.

        Another thing I love about it is the ambiguity of the ending. Potter never gets his “come-uppance” for basically keeping the money that falls in his lap. This was one of the major criticisms when it was released – someone that mean shouldn’t get off scott free. At least he should be shown frustrated that he couldn’t shut down the Baily Building and Loan. Wonderful ambiguity, just like life itself.

        There is a special relevance to this story in the Christmas of 2008 with bank failures all around, don’t you think?

      • http://www.heasley.net/eblog/ Elaine

        I love It’s a Wonderful Life! I only caught the first bit of it over the weekend, but I had to watch until the point when the old pharmacist realizes his mistake and cries and hugs George (the boy). There are so many quotable lines and memorable moments for me…love it.
        I also thoroughly enjoy White Christmas. And I don’t know that you’d qualify this as a Christmas movie, but I also like While You Were Sleeping. The family around the holiday dinner table is just about like Seth’s family! 🙂

      • http://www.thriven.org Jonathan Brink

        I don’t care what anyone says. It’s one of my favorite movies.

      • Erin

        It’s Mary who offers up their wedding money to the Savings and Loan customers. Likewise, it’s Mary who finds out about George’s predicament and goes around town asking friends to help him out.

        George is a good representation of the Every Man, like you say. He is angry, sometimes short-sighted and he obviously has regrets. However, I think that if you want to talk “selfless” it’s really Mary in the background helping George out.