It’s a Wonderful Life
Cast aside your comparisons to Dickens, this is a fine film in its own right.
Capra weaves a rich tapestry of detail and life in Bedford Falls, which gives his film an enduring appeal. You don’t have to believe in George Bailey’s impact on his local community, if you open your eyes and look at the set you can see it for yourself.
It struck me this time that the only person who truly understands George’s hopes and dreams is Potter, the villain. The angel shows George the beauty of his reality, but the devil is the only one who knows what George wants. When he makes his offer it’s easy to see why George is tempted.
It’s easy to write It’s a Wonderful Life off as corny sentimental Americana, but the way Capra tells this tale is irresistible.