Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Directed by Frank Capra

Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

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Seems to have become a Christmas tradition, though it’s not entirely a Christmas movie. There aren’t really any Christmas references until about halfway in. The alternate history with a rich asshole taking over the town reminds me a lot of Back to the Future Part II.

A polished production. Nicely paced and edited, though the snow looks a lot like dish soap. The characters aren’t as stone-faced and scripted as they are in most other movies of this time. Dialogue feels very natural. Stewart, in particular, seems naturally affable and charming. Reed is good and pretty, too. Surprised she didn’t do many other big movies.

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