Skip to comments.Occupy Bedford Falls! Why "It's A Wonderful Life" Is The WORST Christmas Movie Ever.
Posted on 12/21/2011 5:13:07 AM PST by suspects
This Christmas marks the 65th anniversary of Its A Wonderful Life, one of the most beloved holiday movies ever made. And one of the very worst.
I know, I know. Admitting you arent charmed by the story of George Bailey and Zuzus petals is like admitting you spend your spare time kicking puppies, but sorry.
The fact is, Its A Wonderful Life is a movie that only an Occupod could love. The story is sweet, but the message is truly awful.
Consider George Bailey. In your mind, you see him after a lifetime of poverty, grief and bad luck, running through Bedford Falls shouting Merry Christmas you old Building and Loan, just happy to have a family he loves.
Well I agree that having a loving family can help us all get through crises. (Remember the stewardess in the disaster-film spoof Airplane? At least I had a husband . . . )
But the name of the film is Wonderful Life, not, Well, Things Could Be Worse. And in George Baileys case, things are truly tragic.
Smart, ambitious George gets stuck at the modest Building and Loan back in Hickville when his brother marries into a cushy corporate gig and his father dies. After years of dreaming of going off to college, traveling the world and becoming a top engineer or architect, his life is spent scraping by, and helping others do the same.
Somehow the movie like the Occupiers of today tries to turn that into a virtue. Despite his wife and kids, George turns down $20,000 a year so he wont have to work for that evil banker, Mr. Potter.
Occupy Bedford Falls!
Then disaster strikes. His addled Uncle Billy accidentally drops the daily deposit into Potters lap and guess who happens to show up that day...
(Excerpt) Read more at bostonherald.com ...
I like the movie.
I get the “banker is evil” idea you are saying, but George is also a banker and not evil.
There ARE “Evil” bankers just like there are “Evil” garbage collectors.
And if you don’t want to work for a piece of crap human being, banker/rich or not, that makes you an Occutard?
Call me one I guess. I have turned down jobs to avoid the corruption and influence that working there would incur.
And yes, when it comes down to it, I’d rather have Zuzu’s petals than a million dollars.
The author of this piece is completely twisting the movies message.
It depends on my mood.
This dude is exhibit “A” on how the worldly think - life is about what you can take rather than what you give. I am so grateful God saw fit and had the grace to open my eyes to the truth of existence.
The author of this piece is trying to justify why the “It’s A Wonderful Life” glass must be half full.
My guess is that Michael Graham of the Herald is actually just trolling for Christmas sentiments on his comment board for his article. Leaving out the meaning of the final scene, when all of George’s life acquaintances fill-eth up his cup until it runneth over is the moment the viewer is called to realize our hero’s life was, indeed, truly wonderful.
He seems to be saying that just because someone is a banker/real estate developer, he can't be bad.
All communists are scum but that doesn't mean all capitalists are good (think George Soros, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates).
Sorta funny article, but IAWL isn’t a crime thriller.
Justice for Mr. Potter isn’t in the script.
Now, if you want JUSTICE for Mr. Potter, look no further than Dana Carvey’s wonderful revisit way back when Saturday Night Live was actually funny (imagine that).
In that epilogue, Uncle Billy remembers what he did with the money, and George Bailey and gang go down to the bank and kick the living sh!t out of Mr. Potter.
One of SNL’s better moments.
I never liked this movie, either. Not because of any perceived evil or hidden messages, but because Jimmy Stewart screeches through parts of it and is just sappy in others. Not his best work, IMO.
This is the worst opinion article ever.
Don’t be surprised if a ‘writer’ from the libtard bastion of Boston doesn’t understand what the movie is about.
The ‘economic’ message is that small, private banking is a fine enterprise if it is part of the free-market system. The mean banking system is the one that seeks to conglomerate to eliminate competition so that it can create a monopoly. In other words, the mean banking system is the socialist banking system that we and the rest of the industrialized world are suffering under and that is best known as “central banking.”
The ‘spiritual’ message is that even people of faith fall on hard times but that God is always watching out for us and has a purpose even for our suffering.
The ‘community’ message echoes that of the ‘economic’ message, that a small neighborhood of people who truly know one another and care about one another and voluntarily take care of one another is the truest and best form of community. This is in stark contrast to the un-voluntary (forced) support that is mandated through the “State” and that forces one group of people to take care of another group of people whom they do not know, may not share common traits with, who may even be starkly opposed to and who may feel that ‘justice’ is being served by forcefully taking from that group to give to the recipients.
It is not just a nice movie.
It is an excellent movie with an excellent message.
Liberals don’t like it because it is an excellent example of how pop culture can praise traditional American values and how it can be done artistically.
And, as we all know, all communication channels in this country are only supposed to speak the Marxist message.
Merry CHRISTmas, everybody!!
Look no further, Michael!
Here I am--at my unfettered best! With a family safe and prosperous thanks to the wealth I've earned making the world a better place!
YES! THIS IS A WONDERFUL LIFE!
When we understood that marrage, family and good friends were the true measure of a man's life.
Now, apparently, Charley Sheen is the gold standard for the commentariate.
Well, I'm happy w/ my friends & family here in Hooterville. I didn't lose anything in NYC and you couldn't pay me enough to live in that sewer.
Please don’t pervert the classics. Thank you.
Progressives twist everything to fit their template.
Not surprised that the movie wasn't popular in the Box Office when it first came out.
George Bailey was a chump. He gave all these people a break on their mortgages and when he fell into his troubles, these same people were able to come up with fistfulls of dollars. Also, the movie suggests that problems can be solved with wads of cash. And doesn’t the bank examiner want to know what happened to the cash that was lost? Yet I still cry when the decorative wooden all comes part on the stairway.
I’ve met Zuzu. She lives in Olathe KS and sells some of her memorabilia at local consignment stores. I happened to be in one of those stores when she was there and she signed a photo for my daughter. My husband found it in the attic this year and we put it under the tree.
This dude is exhibit A on how the worldly think - life is about what you can take rather than what you give.
You represnted my own thoughs very well. Apparently, this writer has no concept of the noble sacrifices that a good life involves.
Not only that, but George also turns down a primo job when his buddy Sam opens up the Soybean-Plastic plant! There’s Sam driving away in Royce. Your fault, George, for passing it up! He could have had his beautiful wife AND wealth! So, I don’t entirely feel sorry for him. (Still like the movie, though).
I always liked the “Married With Children” parody of this movie, “It’s a Bundyful Life”, with Sam Kinason as Al Bundy’s guardian angel.
Great post, GPM. Summed up the movie perfectly with your 3 messages part. Looks like a bunch of Freepers really get it this morning.
“Now, apparently, Charley Sheen is the gold standard for the commentariate.”
You mean Tiger Blood, hookers and endlass blow up your nose isn’t the true measure of a man??
Have you told Access Hollywood, and TMZ this?
Why “It’s A Wonderful Life” Is The WORST Christmas Movie Ever.
Attempting to be “clever” and “counterintuitive,” this author falls flat and is, quite simply, full of unalloyed and utter bullsh*t.
Nothing against ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (and the author is a miserable POS), but nothing makes my holiday like seeing 24 hours of ‘A Christmas Story’. This year our oldest son is getting a gift like Ralphie (no, not the pink bunny costume). I can’t wait to see his eyes when he opens it :)
>>He gave all these people a break on their mortgages and when he fell into his troubles, these same people were able to come up with fistfulls of dollars.<<
No, the dude in NY came up with the money he was missing.
A fistfull of dollars is maybe 10.00
My favorite movie is 1984’s George C. Scott “A Christmas Carol”......Love it!!! I also love the Grinch (old one). Those two are my favorite Christmas movies. It’s a wonderful life is ok. I would rank it in the top 5 but not 1 or 2.
Years ago, Saturday Night Live did a skit on the “real ending” of It’s a Wonderful Life. The uncle remembered that Potter took the money, so the mob goes over to his house and kicks the crap out of him while singing Christmas carols. That was a funny skit.
Well I like the movie except the angel is shown as a namby pamby when in reality they are awesome powerful beings. Also in reality the Building and Loan should have turned the corner with its success and been much more profitable. Oh, the plot holes!
I’ve raised criticism of this movie for its “hate the rich and powerful” message too, BUT overall I like the movie very much. I get past my distaste for the central message by remembering that Potter was indeed a jerk in the end, by not giving the deposit money back to the Baileys.
Now..now..now..you, you just can’t SAAY things like that! It’s unAmerican I tell ya! Now I’d say you’re nothing but a...a... scurvy old spider!
Wow Michael, what a twisted POV!
Lol! Im sure youre right. Thanks.
Merry Christmas, my FRiend!
It’s Uncle Billy’s fault!
>>Ive raised criticism of this movie for its hate the rich and powerful<<
Potter was an evil man. Plain and simple. It had nothing to do with being rich.
However, the difference is that OWSies do not understand the concept of "community". They don't wish to contribute to a community, rather they expect to be provided for by the community.
So OWSies, being the leaches of society, would naturally cheer for a George Bailey. But there is no way that they could BE a George Bailey.
And if there ever was an "Its a Wonderful Life 2" and George Bailey became wealthy from his head for business, he would still be George Bailey.
Like you could get a fair review out of a Boston paper? I think the editor was desperate for page filler material and some young puke came up with this.
Kinda like the Occupy crowd?
This piece is not worth buttwipe.
The point is not that she is a librarian but that she never married because George was not there to marry. She had to take a job to support herself. Talk about missing the point.
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