25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 25: Every Time A Bell Rings An Angel Gets Its Wings

LAST MOVIE WATCHED: It's A Wonderful Life.
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: No question about this one. You absolutely MUST watch this film in your lifetime and certainly during the Christmas season. Honestly, it's one of the most touching and heartfelt films ever made.....and really one of the best films of all time period. If I were to tell you to only watch one Christmas film....haha I would NEVER tell you to watch JUST one Christmas film....but if you're short on time, limit it to this and A Christmas Story. It's not a perfect film by any means....it certainly has its flaws, as well as its unbelievable moments, (I mean come on, I'll never buy Donna Reed's alternate fate in a Georgeless world...), and at times it definitely shows its age. That said, while not perfect.....it's about as close to perfection as a movie can get. That might not make sense, but certain scenes and moments are far too powerful and perfect to really care about such minor issues. I don't think I've ever made it through this film without shedding a tear....celebrating the beauty of a life, as well as the generosity that mankind is capable of, is kind of what Christmas is all about. It is hard to think of anything that could top this, which is why I saved it for Christmas itself.

It would get an 11/10 though if they left in the ORIGINAL ending ;)

UP NEXT? THANKFULLY this concludes the 25 Days of Christmas Movies series! Thursday I'll post the complete list and everyone can have their say on THEIR favorites.....AND have the chance to receive a $15 Cinemark giftcard. Good luck and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


Johanna said...

And no actor other than Jimmy Stewart could have carried it off. Seriously, the entire movie rides on his back. He makes all the supporting characters believable. We believe in this caricatures beliveable because he believes in them. His desperation is so real. The trapped feeling that most people feel at one time or another is evident with a single expression. And yet he's so likeable.

The direction and story telling are very powerful. Totally one of my favorites and I'm glad we watched it with you. Love you lots!

Howard said...

All of us have wondered (one time or another) if anyone would even notice if we never lived. That's why we can all identify with George Bailey and his desperation.

The movie's moral (that every life has purpose) inspires hope and courage to keep living. What a wonderful gift. What a wonderful life!

Sarah said...

I love this film. It has so much meaning, depth, and heart. And I will always get a kick out of the SNL "original" ending. :)

Johanna said...

I think the reason that it works particularly well for a Christmas movie is that it reminds us of the Man who lived His life and even gave His life for His friends. Each of us in living our lives for others, as did George Bailey, will find our lives; and be the richer for it. George Bailey is a great example of a true and selfless desire. The religious aspects are not in-your-face, but the less is most taught beautifully.

Unknown said...

This is my all time favorite Christmas movie. It is so touching and life affirming, perfect in every way, except, for the end...Now that the original ending has been found, I can claim it perfect in every way. ;)

seanmackay.net said...

One of my favorites of all time.