A fabulous blend of fantasy, reality or a ‘magic realistic’ movie which shall be cherished by all generations forever. Yes, its none other than ‘It’s a Wonderful life’. No matter how many times you watch this movie, it won’t make you feel bored or perforated. Still in 2020, this 1946 classic has managed to win a pride of place among the movie buffs. There are a few things that make this movie still relevant in 2020.
The movie released in 1946, is an American Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story and booklet The Greatest Gift, which Philip Van Doren Stern published in 1943. The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George how he, George, has touched the lives of others and how different life would be for his wife Mary and his community of Bedford Falls if he had not been born.
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is still atop the Christmas Classics!
The movie runs along the constructional debris of a relief though that ‘all of us are protected by our guardian angel’. George, the hero of the movie at the verge of bankruptcy blames himself and his life out of frustration and pain. A miraculous intervention offers him a second chance to ruminate about how valuable and worthy his life is and thus rewards him with a golden opportunity to understand how unique his life and family is.
Life is indeed challenging. It throws a series of hurdles in our paths towards triumph. Considering the current situations, the world is captured within the sickle of pandemic situations. This has placed before us a herculean task to strain every nerve to keep ourselves safe and move forward. Day by day it dares us to jostle for our own space in a world moving with neck breaking speed even in the midst of pandemic and strict compliance with the protocol.
Here comes the relevance of a movie like ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. Through the very life of George, as a prototype, the movie sort of bestows a universal message about the second chances that we take in our life and how much we are bound to pay for it. Thus it tends to offer us a grim reminder of how precious our lives are and thus reminds us to be thankful for the life and chances that we are gifted with.