Legendary actor James Stewart stars in this, the ultimate “feel good” movie. Stewart was nominated for an academy award as a result of his amazing portrayal of George Bailey, as was director Frank Capra for his directorial duties, unfortunately It’s A Wonderful Life didn’t win anything at the 19th Academy Awards ceremony and instead The Best Years of Our Lives dominated the mentioned categories.
George Bailey grew up in the small town of Bedford Falls, he was an adventurous youngster with dreams of exploration and the desire to make a difference in the world. However unforeseen circumstances keep him in Bedford Falls running the family business (this mainly due to his fathers death) leaving his brother to go off and accomplish the great things that seem a distant memory now. Bailey’s Buildings & Loans is the only thing stopping the cruel Mr. Potter from taking over Bedford Falls and financially crippling the good citizens within. At this point George has settled down with a family, however still bears hatred within for the “crummy life” he has led, and when things go wrong for the business George considers suicide, that’s when Clarence shows up. Clarence is an angel yet to receive his wings, he is hired to help George realise that he has made an impact on the world, and the life he has is in fact wonderful.
It’s A Wonderful Life has to be one of my all time favourite films, and I’m not ashamed to admit that it brings a tear to my eye every time I watch it. It’s a Wonderful life is a film that will leave an impact of some kind upon everyone that watches, and James Stewart shows his versatility as an actor by producing a phenomenal performance and really showing why he is in fact a legend. This film is often considered to be in the top 20 of the best motion pictures ever, and I can certainly see why. I absolutely adore every scene and am enchanted by it’s brilliant story.