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It's About Time 'Actually',
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Back in 1946-47, It's a Wonderful Life received mixed reviews, ranging from a lionization in The Hollywood Reporter to a vicious trashing in the New Yorker. Although nominated for five Academy Awards (including Best Picture and Best Actor, in what Stewart called his favorite role), the movie was shut out at the ceremony. And, despite Capra's popularity at the box office, It's a Wonderful Life barely made back its cost.
Why do I quote the mild failure of 'It's A Wonderful Life on it's original release, one reason is because this was my favourite film of all time until I saw 'About Time' - sad to admit this, but I saw it 6 times at the cinema, and enjoyed every darn bit of it, if I was to write what it was all about, it would be a sassy as trying to describe 'It's A wonderful Life' to someone for the first time, 'Well it's about an angel called Clarence who follows this fella through his life, and then he throws himself of a bridge, and this fella gets a chance to see what his life was life had he never lived it" - sounds ridiculous and so far fetched as to be bordering on the absurd, and yet this film has touched millions and millions of people through the years, I had a good friend who was a daily visitor to Frank Capra's (Director) home later in his life, and he told him one day "that film was bigger than what we had written".
And so it is with 'About Time' when I tried to describe to my good friends why I loved it, describing a young man that could hold his fists together in a dark place and go back to any time in his life seemed difficult to try and put across, so I just would just say, look just go and see it. And yet this film really does deliver on 'what matters in this life, family, time and kindness, I found myself under it's spell each time I saw it.
The reviews for this film on it's release were mixed from those who felt they should leave the film midway through, to others that were so touched they went and rang there parents as soon as they left the cinema. The other reason I quote 'It's A Wonderful Life's original reception, is that I believe 'About Time' WILL STAND THE TEST OF TIME better than most - I suspect 20 years from now, when some obscure channel is running the film again for the 4th time that month, people will sit down for the evening to settle in for a good reminder of what life is actually all about.
So yeah, I guess you can say I am looking forward to the DVD coming out!!!