2021 Special: It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Pre-Screening Sips

  • Here’s the deal. I am devastated I did not have the time to do the Christmas Countdown this year. You know when Elle Woods says, “What, like it’s hard?” Well, actually, it is, like, hard. So, instead, this year I offer a special one-off Christmas Countdown addition!
  • Funny story, I have somehow never actually seen this movie. Am I sure it was on television in the background at some point when I was a child? Sure. I just have zero active memories of this film.

Post-Screening Snippets

  • I spent the entire film being absolutely flabbergasted by the buckwild opening scene where light angels communicate via light boops—I legit checked to make sure I put the right blu-ray in the player
  • If you can, please watch the black-and-white version—I ended up with a colorized copy of this film and everyone looks like faded wrapping paper
  • There need to be far more memes that address Bébé George Bailey’s Levy-level eyebrows
  • Fun fact, “It’s a good face. I like it,” is also a line from Silence of the Lambs
  • I am officially personally offended that I have never been invited to a party with an impromptu Charleston-Off—what am I doing wrong?
  • I know I’m supposed to be mad at Mr. Potter for being so evil, but I was so distracted by the thought of purchasing a house of five thousand dollars, that it was hard to fully invest in my rage (much like how it’s currently hard to fully invest in a home)
  • Mary’s mother needs to get some of her own drama so she doesn’t spend all her time long-distance pimping out her daughter
  • Mr. Bailey’s assistant loses 8,000 dollars because he gets too caught up in bragging; this, kids, is why we don’t flex
  • In case anyone is wondering, the actual plot of this movie, as it’s been described in pop culture for seventy years, starts one hour and forty minutes in
  • I am significantly disheartened that Mr. Potter isn’t taken bey some light boops from hell
  • I absolutely was not prepared for this movie from Phoebe Buffay’s description

The Final Hot Chocolate

            I absolutely cannot get over how weird this movie is. I feel like I was never prepared for light angels, shot from below the heavens, to have speaking roles. I also cannot get over how little actual Christmasiness there is in this film. And yet, I find it pleasantly surprising that the movie differed from my expectations and what I knew of the film from pop culture. It’s a Wonderful Life is probably more wonderful if you have a nostalgic connection to it, but it’s just wonderfully weird enough to add to your Christmas list if you’re a weirdo like me who has always skipped it for The Santa Clause.

GRADE: B

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