It’s a Wonderful Life. I saw it for the first time last night. Please watch it. Thank me later.
I’d prefer to watch this classic over against almost every more recently produced mainstream movie, including Gravity, Inception, Thor, Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty, Skyfall, and many others. This doesn’t have to be the case for everyone, but this type of movie is just more personally enjoyable overall than anything I’ve seen in a long time.
The simple, gritty depiction of life, struggle, love, and sacrifice to me outshines all of the glitz and glam of modern special effects, IMAX, 3D, and CGI.
In a unique way, I found more entertainment in It’s a Wonderful Life than I did in The Avengers, Dark Knight Rises, and Avatar combined.
I think it is more romantic than The Notebook, Pride and Prejudice, and all those romance comedies. Mary simply loves George because he is George and George adores his wife. Their marriage wasn’t about themselves. They gave away all their honeymoon money to help others. As in other movies, they don’t ride off into the cinematic sunset after a series of unrealistic happenstances, but they persevere in love, marriage, and family in the midst of financial struggles, loads of (cute) kids, and a “drafty old house.”
It’s A Wonderful Life models practical heroism and others-preferring altruism in a way that is more relatable than the atypical human (or superhuman) characters found in Braveheart, Gladiator, Iron Man, and Man of Steel. It evokes human emotions, innate desires, and God-given sentiments in a way these other movies do not, maybe just because this movie is so regular.
Of course, I don’t agree with everything in it theologically, but there is something to appreciate deeply in the beauty and goodness that can be expressed in the cinema and arts through God’s common grace.
What are some other classics that you guys would recommend?