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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Every family has some form of holiday tradition. Some watch movies. At first, one of the movies my family would watch was “Top Gun”, then the other side of my family started watching “Anchorman”. These had nothing to do with Christmas, but they just became a thing my family tried to do every year.

In a way, “It’s a Wonderful Life” has nothing really to do with Christmas either. The movie never takes place during Christmas until the end of the film, but about every day life. The movie does not even mention Santa. Still, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is still the best holiday movie of all because it deals with humanity.

Both Director Frank Capra and star James Stewart have done many films that would cement them as legends, but they each said this was their favorite (both of them made this as their first film after serving in WW2). I won’t explain the plot, because the chances of you not seeing this film is very rare. If you haven’t, I won’t spoil it: I will rebuke you and tell you to see it.

Parents, there is nothing in this movie (maybe a little innuendo with Donna Reed losing her robe and one more line later on that is hard to hear) that is wrong for kids. It is, I feel, vital viewing for anyone in the age limit that they give on Chocolate Advent Calendars (Ages 4-104)

One of the hardest things a movie buff like me has to do is convince people that Black and White movies ok to watch. There are some movies in B&W that people are ok with watching (“Casablanca” and “Psycho” come to mind). I have a theory that if someone said they have only seen one B&W film in their lives, it would be “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

It may not have been popular when it came out (It did not win any of the Oscars it was nominated for) but “It’s a Wonderful Life” is now one of the very VERY few films that I have yet to find a hater for. Everyone agrees it is pretty timeless.

Overall: 5 Stars *****

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