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  • Elise Paris

The Best of Christmas: Day 24


Merry Christmas Eve! One of best days of the year has returned, and I’m sure you all have plans. Whether that involves running around like a headless turkey, or sitting on the couch all day eating sausage rolls and slowly morphing into a sausage roll yourself. But, what festive movie should you reserve for such a day?

In my opinion, It’s A Wonderful Life.

Not an original concept I know, but there’s no denying that this movie is a masterpiece regardless of Christmas. Produced after the war in 1946, this movie was a comeback for entertainment and life in general. James Stewart’s feverish and delightful performance was enhanced by his desire to escape the war and in fact, he fit the role of George Bailey quite perfectly as the war had had it’s toll on his hearing and mind state.

Donna Reed is beautiful and creates the most believable on screen relationship with Stewart which has my heart aching for her in his misery. After one of the most iconic character arcs of all time, the ending to this film is one that you can’t shake. It’s poignant, cinematic and joyful.

Though this film feels like it lasts about 30 years, you wouldn’t want it any other way. I was able to watch it earlier this month in London’s Backyard Cinema and it was so magical. This story really sweeps the audience away into another world that never loses our attention. It’s A Wonderful Life offers us a cinematic experience that is hard to find and important to encounter.

If you haven’t seen it before, I recommend you do and I promise you won’t regret it.

That’s all I’m gonna say today, as I want to put down my laptop and enjoy Christmas to the fullest. Thank you for checking in on my Festive Film Advent Calendar this month.

I hope you have a lovely Christmas and get to spend time with all your loved ones,


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