This is a post by JBFC Cinemania Student Critic Caleb Feinstein
It’s a Wonderful Life, directed by Frank Capra, is the charming story of a man whose life is saved by his guardian angel. George Bailey is a businessman who gave up his chance for college and to travel the world in order to manage his father’s building and loan company. Bailey is in a constant battle with the richest man in town, Mr. Potter, who wants to own the company. After a series of unfortunate events, and a misplaced sum of money, the building and loan is likely to close and George is about to throw his life away. He is saved by his guardian angel who takes him on a life changing journey through a time where he never existed. One of my favorite aspects of this film was how good the story line was. Despite being in black and white, this film still really kept my interest. When George was sad and angry you really understood why and related to him. Something else I really enjoyed about this film was how heartwarming it was. Even though George did not get to travel the world, he was still happy and thankful for his wife and kids. It is also interesting how this film was not popular when it first came out but now it is on television every year. It also has themes that are relatable to a lot of real life topics and, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings” is now a well known phrase from the movie. Overall, I really enjoyed this film and is definitely worthy of being a holiday tradition.
It’s a Wonderful Life is showing at the Burns through December 28. Tickets are on sale now!