The cynicism of our current days might make it difficult to fully appreciate this movie,but therein lies its beauty.Don't you wish you lived in a time when a movie ending with a message of hope and redemption actually felt satisfying?James Stewart's charming naivety and decency,together with Jean Arthur's captivating presence as well as the inspiring,heartfelt speeches turn it into a classic you can't afford to miss.
It’s a shame to watch this movie nowadays and think of how much of it still rings true (just watch the scenes in which news of Mr. Smith’s stand against the system is withheld from the majority of the press without thinking of recent protest movements) but that also just reminds you of what a timeless movie it is. Well worth two hours of your time.
A man of the people, a true hero, is systematically smashed to pieces on the world’s stage. This is a film about against the odds success, yes, but it is also about tragic failure, the failure of a country. Capra may lay on the heavy doses of patriotism, and he may make the case for the nation in the end, but for me it is plain to see the obvious folly, the obvious unfulfillment of the American way.
Hoo boy did I LOVE this story! Naive Idealist fights against The Corrupt Powers? Done well, I eat this stuff up, and this was done very well, largely thanks to its great cast. Stewart owns the movie but his female counterpart nearly steals the show. LOVE her character! Misses my highest marks due to some clunky directing and, yes, getting pretty darn hokey in parts (ie. the ending) but overall, great stuff: A-
capra was often too sacchariney for my taste but since i think everything deserves the benefit of doubt i embarked on this one. imagine my surprise when this turned out to be quite a good movie that holds its optimism quite high which is more than welcome in this age of cynicism. last but not least, stewart, rains and arthur are more than wonderful in their roles. so there you go capra, you win this one.