I have to watch It’s A Wonderful Life (IAWL) every year during the holidays. It’s just one of those movies like that annoying drunk uncle at the family reunion…. it never goes away. I revisited Bedford Falls yet again, and this time with my husband (Scott) because he had never seen it (I know, clutch my pearls). Every time I watch this movie, I discover something new. Hold that thought; I’ll come back to that.
[pullquote]IAWL is a movie that makes you laugh, cry, and think.[/pullquote] Released in 1947…I didn’t see it until the late 70s, or early 80s. It’s about a big dreamer’s (George Bailey’s) plan to see the world, but his plan gets derailed when “life happens.” (pun intended).
Here’s the 30-second or less snippet: George saves his brother. George’s hearing is impaired. Angel Clarence saves George’s life. George discovers his leadership niche. Old Man Potter is evil. Wifey Mary is a superwoman. George learns the meaning of a meaningful life.
Now, here are a few things I discovered during this viewing: (1) Violet was a thirsty (a desperate hoochie. Always up in George’s face trying to vie for his attention); (2) The #MeToo movement started in Bedford Falls, when Harry slapped the maid Annie on the butt as she walked in the kitchen; and (3) The movie started with the big bell ringing, and ended with the same bell ringing.
Favorite line this viewing: Potter says to George, “Are you running a bank or a charity ward?”
Best love moment: When Mary leans over George, as children in the store, and says in his deaf ear, “I’ll love you until the day I die.” Love that part.
Leadership at its best: during the deposit run, when George uses logic, patience under pressure, persuasion, and interpersonal skills to calm the community members that were demanding a withdrawal of their money from the bank. He gave them a reason to trust him, to trust themselves with taking only what they needed and not what they wanted.
If you didn’t read this before, It’s a Wonderful Life is one of my favorite Christmas movies. As a child, it was the first encounter I had with hearing about a “bank examiner.” I never knew bank examining was a job or career until that movie. Then I went to college and low and behold the FDIC was recruiting when I was 18 years old for bank examiners on my college campus. Long story short — until you read it in my book — at age 21 FDIC hired me. I’ve been employed with them for over 26 years and lived in 5 states via promotions and special assignments. Interesting, uh?!?!
[pullquote position=”right”]Enjoy the movie this year and for years to come. [/pullquote]If you notice something different about the movie when you watched it, comment below. I’d love to hear your insight. Happy holidays!
Movie Grade: A