Worthy and dull super-production, where overacting and flat comedy are disappointingly prevalent. All too often it merely raises trifling questions such as: if it's such a perfect society, why are there locks on the doors? But the superb Ronald Colman makes the film somehow watchable; I'd insist that the reaction of his face upon first seeing Shangri-La is one of the finest moments of screen acting ever recorded.
I'm having mixed feelings with this movie. I really enjoyed the beggining, and the snowy landscapes were awesome, but when they reach Shangri-la... I can't say it's a bad movie, but I didn't like the idea of Western superiority over Asia (An eutopia in Asia created by Europeans, all the main characters are Europeans or North Americans, and much, much more).
Restored version. Essential cinema. Adaptation of Hilton's novel makes some changes but lord does it make it cinematic. Perhaps my favorite Capra certainly the one i've seen the most times. Casting is aces with Ronald Colman especially apt. Walker's b&w cinematography beautiful as is the warm score by Dimitri Tiomkin. I too hope that someday we all find our Shangri-La. Doesn't get much better.