Everyone knows the story – well-meaning banker George Bailey questions the meaning of his life and its up to bumbling angel in training Clarence Oddbody to help him see what life would be like if he didn’t exist.
This film has come to epitomize The Ideal Christmas Film. It is a lovely, heartwarming tale which I always return to again and again. It restores my faith in humanity, and cheers me up when things get me down.
Of course, the film does seem overtly sentimental and slushy – a film telling you to Do Good and Be A Good Person. It can be slightly moralizing but it is still thoroughly watchable in its own right. In a thoroughly cynical world, its nice just to settle back and watch a film where a man learns the value and importance of his life.
MY RATING: **** / *****