Thursday, December 18, 2008

12 Days of Christmas: The Bishop's Wife

It’s day five of the 12 Days of Christmas and today I bring you a movie that offers some great acting, a great story and a all around good holiday film. Today I bring you The Bishop’s Wife.
When Bishop Henry Brogham (David Niven) comes into trouble while building a new cathedral, he prays for guidance and his prayer is answered by an angel named Dudley (Cary Grant), who claims to be a clergyman.
We soon learn that Dudley’s true motives are not to help with the cathedral, but to guide Henry who has become obsessed with the new cathedral and his duties and marriage are suffering because of it.
We then meet Julia (Loretta Young), the wife of Henry, who becomes close to Dudley. He becomes very attracted to her and Henry becomes very jealous of the growing relationship.
I won’t give away what happens, but the movie has a very strong ending and one that makes you sit back and remember why you love the movies.
This film is another personal favorite of mine, like all the movies on this list, but this one is so well done, truly original and offers a great cast, Cary Grant and Loretta Young are more than outstanding in their roles and their true talents show.Many say that the movie only works because of the stellar cast and that’s not really true. I loved the cast, but another thing that makes this movie so great is how it’s a fantasy at heart, yet it feels more realistic and human then anything. So after you are done watching it, it feels like that could really happen, that when we are faced with hard time that Someone is constantly looking out for us and they’re going to make sure will find are way once again. Movies now a days just loose those solid messages and that’s why when Christmas time comes around these old classics are still the ones that truly hit the heart.

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