for glorious Christmas Americana nostalgia nothing beats it. It feels like everyone references this film which adds another dimension of sheer joy. the b-romance between Burt and Ernie for example...otherwise let's be honest Potterville looks far more fun.
Classic story-telling. The tragedy of the young idealist to cynical nine-to-fiver is powerful. The 'main message' is perhaps a tad overwrought but despite myself it's difficult for me not to well up at the end. Would have been 5 stars if it had focussed on the impoverishing effect of fractional-reserve banking. #EndTheFed
A classic with a feel-good story and lots of great cinematography. Capra's frame burst with life at every turn. It's a delight to see. You could say that the villain doesn't get defeated and would probably go on ruining George's life, and that the film could use some more ballsy criticism of the capitalist system, but in the end "It's a Wonderful Life" really is just wonderful.