Movieguide®’s Favorite Christmas Movies: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
By Movieguide® Staff
Editor’s note: This is just a portion of our review for IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, one of our favorite Christmas movies. For the full review, click here.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is the Christmas classic starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed about the struggling owner of a small-town savings and loan company who’s at the end of his rope but, with the help of a lovable angel, discovers he’s the richest man in the world! IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is arguably the best movie ever made. It’s certainly the most uplifting movie ever made, an instant Christian, redemptive, pro-life masterpiece by Director Frank Capra with brilliant performances by Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, and a cast of terrific character actors.
The movie opens with all of George Bailey’s family and friends praying earnestly to God to help their friend George, because he’s in trouble. An angel named Joseph comes to St. Peter and tells him they have to send someone down to Earth to help George. The problem is, the next apprentice angel is a man named Clarence, who’s a bit of a dunderhead and hasn’t earned his wings yet. Peter tells Clarence that George is so discouraged that he’s contemplating throwing away God’s greatest, gift, life. Peter sets Clarence down to show him George’s whole life story.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is arguably the most beloved movie of all time. Many people cite it as their favorite movie. MOVIEGUIDE®, in fact, puts it at the top of our list of the Top 100 Most Inspiring Family-Friendly Movies of All Time. Many movies vie for that top position, but we can’t think of a movie that’s more deserving.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is not just a great Hollywood movie it is a great movie period. It also shows a really a miracle from God, divinely ordained by the Creator of the Universe, to bring people from almost all walks of life, to a saving relationship with the One who made us. And, that’s exactly what IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE has done for many people.
In the end, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is a modern-day version of THE CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens. Unlike THE CHRISTMAS CAROL, however, no one has really dared to remake IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Why would you even try?