Wednesday, December 24, 2008

12 Days of Christmas: It's a Wonderful Life

It’s Christmas Eve and we’ve reached day eleven on the 12 Days of Christmas and today’s movie is the classic everyone knows – It’s a Wonderful Life.
The movie is set in the year 1946 and takes place on Christmas Eve. We meet George Bailey (James Stewart) a man who is suicidal and is on the verge of jumping off a bridge. As he prepares himself to actually do it, he’s stopped at the last minute by a man (who is an angel) named Clarence (Henry Travers).
The movie then takes us back to show us George’s past and how he got to the point of almost killing himself. We learn that George is married to a woman named Mary (Donna Reed) and he also has four children. We see him owning his own business, which he inherited by his father, all seems well, and then we start seeing what went wrong.
George’s Uncle Billy (Thomas Mitchell) loses the money that Bailey Building and Loan owes the bank. This throws George’s life upside down and to make matters worse, the bank is owned by Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore) a man who is as cold hearted as Scrooge.
Is Clarence able to help George back onto the right path? Well, that’s something you’ll have to find out for yourself.
If you haven’t seen this movie, you are truly missing out. The movie is very similar to A Christmas Carol in a lot of ways and that’s not a bad thing.
Jimmy Stewart always pulls off great performances, but this performance is fantastic and the role I always think of when someone mentions his name.
The movie is a true classic that has stood the test of time and will remain a movie that hits the heart for generations to come.

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