On day 12 of the Christmas Movie Marathon Ms Katykins was REALLY sick. It was miserable. I was so unwell that by the time I started to feel better, I almost felt amazing!
When I select the Christmas flick each day I go with what feels right. I think that’s the best way to do it. My very unhappy gut that day seemed to warm to the idea of watching James Stewart and the beautiful Donna Reed in this American classic. I have to admit I’ve not always been a fan of this film. In fact, last year was the first time I’d watched it since I was a teenager. I’d only seen it once prior to that and a hot summer’s day probably wasn’t the best time to do it. Here’s something controversial: both times I’ve rewatched it I’ve indulged in the remastered colour version. Love these styles or not, I think they’ve done a great job with this film.
I’d be hard pushed to find someone who didn’t know what this story was about. But just in case you don’t, here’s a quick run down. Due to a series of family obligations as well as having a crisis of conscience, George Bailey puts his own life and dreams on hold until it seems like he can never pursue his own desires. At a relatively young age he finds himself tied down to a wife and three lovely children, stifled by an ailing family business which deals in finance and a crippling economy he’s always strived to provide for his family and the community. Understandably, as people are liable to do, he reaches his breaking point and begins to feel that life is no longer worth the hassle. It loses all positive meaning for him.
This is as much an historical trip as an emotional one. The Great Depression and then World War 2 feature heavily in the backdrop of the story. Indeed, financial crises are at the heart of the issues here. It’s not too dissimilar to ‘A Christmas Carol’, but rather than adopt the negative qualities of Scrooge, Bailey is a man who becomes pissed off about being the good guy and feels a bit hard done by. It takes the influence of Clarence the angel played by Henry Travers to help Bailey realise what a positive impact he has had on so many different people throughout his own life. The end of the film is truly heart warming as we see an entire community flock together to demonstrate their respect and their thankfulness to a family that have always shown nothing other than real selflessness and compassion. After all, it’s important to remember that George Bailey isn’t the only good guy in this film – he has a very understanding, giving wife and great friends as well. If you haven’t seen it? Why haven’t you seen it? If the answer is because it’s cheesy and you’re worried it’s overrated, ignore your doubts and grab for a copy quickly as it’s guaranteed to fill you with festive cheer!
Product Placement. Here’s the question? Can anyone think of a film that Coca-Cola had more advertising in? It’s quite astonishing!