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One of only a handful of truly brilliant films.,
This review is from: It's a Wonderful Life  [DVD] (DVD)
This is an outstanding film, little wonder then that it features so highly in most Top 100 listings. I have given it five stars but it deserves twice that. Without doubt one of the most satisfying film experiences you will ever have. Made partially to try to lift spirits in America after WW2, the film remains the ultimate feelgood movie but what is most interesting for me is the performance from James Stewart who shows us just what a talented actor he was. His jovial charm is there for the first 3/4 of the film as it is in so many of his films but he gives us a rare glimpse of his troubled self in the scene when he realises that Clarence has indeed wiped his existence away. The close up of his troubled face as realisation dawns is breathtaking, this guy could really act how he felt. This is such a dark moment in the film that it scarcely belongs in such an uplifting film but it does and the juxtaposition is perfect.
Whatever else you do in your lifetime, watch this movie at least once. You won't regret it.