Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Two-Minute Review, Holiday Edition

There are only so many hours in a day, and you just want to know which movies are worth your time. So what's not to like about a two-minute movie review? This week's review, in honor of the holiday season, is of Frank Capra's Christmas classic, It's a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart. For the two minutes, I chose to watch a two minute span about half way into the film. The following paragraph is a transcription of my thoughts from when I was watching. Beware: minor spoiler alerts!

Oh man, what a crummy house. Life would be unwonderful for someone living there. Oh no, Mr. Smith lives there! Oh dang, and he's got a wife, too! And kids! But they're so poor! That must suck. Oh crap, and it's the holidays. I don't think it gets any less wonderful than that guy's life. Dude might as well jump off a bridge.

So, to sum up, It's a Wonderful Life is too negative a movie for my liking. Who'd have thought a movie title could be so cynical? Whatever happens in the moments following the part I watched, it probably just gets more and more negative. Capra should try making a happy film sometime, a joyous slice of quaint Americana maybe, rather than darkly pessimistic films like this one.

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