Everything about this should feel corny, cliche, sentimental, old-fashioned. But damnit if all that heart-string-pulling doesn't work. The tears were flowing by the end when poor George, who's given up so much, finally realizes all he's gained. Sometimes, cliches stick around for a reason. I give it an enthusiastic A.
This movie begins and you fall right in love with it; then it ends, and you become passionate about it forever. One of the most beautiful movies Ive ever seen. "Dear George, remember no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the wings! Love, Clarence"
What's left to say about this enduring masterpiece? Very little.. Jimmy returned from war duty after a five year absence from the screen and was re-united with Capra in a picture that was no great shakes at the box office first time around but found a second home on television many years later when its copyright lapsed and it entered the public domain. No Christmas would be complete without a visit to Bedford Falls..
Sobre sueños frustrados y la justicia divina. Capra en una película navideña clásica (y anímicamente necesaria) respecto a las necesidades de una generación desesperanzada por el colapso emocional luego de la II Guerra Mundial. Está en lo clásico también el rescate de las narrativas clásicas. El cierre a lo Cuento de Navidad termina por catapultar la fórmula comercial, entonces la Navidad se perfilaba a ser mercado.