Saturday, December 24, 2011

It's A Wonderful Life

Dare I say it... that this is probably my favorite movie of all time? Not even just my favorite Christmas movie... my favorite MOVIE MOVIE.

They don't make them like Jimmy Stewart anymore. Come to think of it... they never did. He was always in a class by himself, just like Paul Newman was.

When Harry comes home from college and George Bailey realizes he's going to have to stay at the Building & Loan in Bedford Falls so his brother can have the life he's dreamed of, you feel every emotion he feels (and there's a lot of them) as they are happening. That's true talent. Can't say enough about that actor.

I watched the movie again today. Cried again. Dad got chills. The movie is brilliant. I couldn't care less about people who may not think it is. It is. That's the end of it. It's a perfect movie. Like Wall-E. It's the kind of movie you would never change a thing about. It's 65 years old and it makes me laugh and smile and cry every single year without fail.

It also reminds me every year that, even in the midst of so much junk, it really IS a wonderful life. 2011 has been a year filled with hardship -- I mean, more so than most other years that I can remember -- but it's also been a year filled with a lot of laughs, a lot of love, and a lot of wonderful.

Merry Christmas.

(You should also read this blog post about It's A Wonderful Life and Lessons In Manliness. It's a really nice read, and just makes me love Jimmy Stewart even more.)


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