A Shitty Review of It’s a Wonderful Life
“How I hate this movie!
The funny thing is that the first time I saw it, I liked it. Now I find that is beyond belief. But then that was twenty years ago, when I would swallow any sugary pills wrapped up by the classic Hollywood studio system (Meet me in St. Louis, Little Women, The Wizard of Oz, Babes in Arms, etc etc etc). But the second time I watched this movie I was in my thirties and a film student in London, and I had to watch it during an afternoon lecture with the obvious discussion session afterwards that went on for ages. Freud would say I developed a pathological hatred as a result of a negative once-time experience, and therefore I can be cured. But I don’t want to be cured and I certainly don’t want to see this corny,sugary, rosy and optimistic-beyond-belief piece of monumental nonsense ever again in my life!
Where can I start? Jimmy Stewart (who was a great serious actor in the Anthony Mann Westerns and the Hitchcock thrillers and I like him in all of them)here is nothing else than an idiot. And then, who anyone with a bit of intelligence can really believe him as a college boy when he was almost forty years old when he made this movie? Please!!! And then when he is bankrupted by “Mr. Scrooge” Lionel Barrymore and he is about to do away with himself, an angel comes to stop him and to show him how much the world owes to him (“A Chistmas Carol” updated, how nice!) and all of a sudden the whole town flows into his house to pay his debts and save the day. How nice of them too! Of course that could only happen in America, the earthly paradise where everybody loves everybody else and life is beautiful. And they all lived happy ever after.
Call me whatever you like, but I shall hate this movie for the rest of my life and I don’t give a thing about its rating as one of the all-time favourite classics for all the family. Burnt it on a pyre, flush it down the toilet, shoot it into outer space,… I don’t care what you do with it.”