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|It's a Wonderful Life|
by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
|Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed in It's a Wonderful Life (1946). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
"That old hack of a film? Really?" you ask.
|(Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
No, it's not a perfect film, and yes, it's been parodied so often that many people can't see the original story for itself any more. That doesn't matter. If you need a fresh perspective, go look at the complete miniature village of Bedford Falls all lit and sparkling near the tree. "Merry Christmas, movie house!"
It's a story about a man enslaved to duty, bound to his family by love and his job by honor, feeling trapped and resenting not the people but the circumstances. It's about finding the delightful and unexpected in the commonplace, where the girl you ignore on the street everyday can be the gorgeous girl of your dreams when you finally notice. It's about giving up your youthful dreams and yet finding joy in the life you've made.
|On my mother's Chistmas tree. (Photo credit: Melissa Heigl)|
|It's a Wonderful Life (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
It's good for writers, that way -- we see George Bailey save his brother's life (losing his hearing) and the life of an unknown boy (taking a beating in front of the girl who likes him), give his college funds away, give his honeymoon funds away, and save the town's only independent financial institution at the cost of his own dreams, so by the time he's breaking stuff and shouting, we're on his side, because we know what it costs him.
But who cares about story technique? We're watching the movie. And it means Christmas lights and carols and food and friends and family, and while I'm not usually bound to tradition, this is one tradition I refuse to give up.
And if any philistines watch the colorized version, I shall banish them to Potter's Field (the best-named housing development ever, I suspect).
There are other Christmas and seasonal movies I love, too, but It's a Wonderful Life is our family's signature film.
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The Little Drummer Boy game players by titling a Christmas book So To Honor Him, but she hopes it was worth it. Find her at http://www.LauraVanArendonkBaugh.com.