It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
I've been dreading this film review the most, no because the film is bad or because I don't like old films but because this film is loved by so many people, and I can see why, but personally I wasn't all too bothered about it's a wonderful life. Don't get me wrong, it's an enjoyable film and I am super impressed by the quality, the film still holds up today, the effects obviously don't stack up against today’s standards but the acting and story are still easy enough to watch. On a side note, I am watching the colourised version, I have nothing against black and white, but I try and watch these films in the highest quality I can get my hands, as evidenced by me buying 8 femmes off eBay a Blu-ray from somewhere in Germany since there was no English versions available. I will say I have a slight bias against black and white films so watching the coloured version may help it's a wonderful life score higher. While I was doing research online for this review I saw some people commenting on the quality of the conversion to colour. To me however I thought it was excellent and if I didn't know before that it was originally black and white then I wouldn't have guessed. I'm finding it extremely difficult to mark it's a wonderful life because I believe it is a very good film, but I tend to think it is blown out of proportion a bit, never the less for a film released in 1946 it holds up extremely well. The story is simple to follow and having the 'angels' narrate at the start helps you get to know the main characters. The story reminds me almost of a Christmas carol, while I know the films have different stories they, at least in my eyes, bear some passing similarities. To the American audience this is 'the' Christmas film but here is the UK it isn't even known by everybody, my whole family have gone their entire lives not watching the film and we are not outliers. I'm not saying anything about it's a wonderful life as a Christmas film because it is obviously are, but I’m challenging the idea of it being 'the' Christmas film. The film sees Christmas play an important part of the story with there being a happy ending and 'hark the herald angels sing' being song at the end but it just didn't connect with me on a certain level. It is still a very good film and defiantly fulfils its role as a good Christmas film, but for myself now that I’ve seen it I don't think I’ll ever watch it again. That's a lie - I may watch it once or twice more while I force my loved ones to watch it, but that isn't because I like the film but for them to watch a piece of film history. This is not a knock on the film as I can see why so many people love this film, but I never felt a connection with the film, my scoring for the film but I feel I can justify the score I give in each section. For quality the film gets a 10/10 because it is a classic and everyone should see the film once, in the Christmassy feel section it again gets a 10/10, which I feel like I don’t even need to explain it bot now for rewatchability. 1/10, I’m sorry but for fans of it's a wonderful life, the film that is almost always in the top 2 all the Christmas films list, it doesn't strict that chord with me especially as a brit the film doesn't reason ate with me and it's getting a 1 because that's how many more times I will watch this film. I will sit down with my partner and force her to watch this piece of cinema history and then I will be done with this film. It's a wonderful life scored 21/30. Going into it I honestly thought it would score less but that's what this system of reviews is about.
This review took me longer than normal for 2 reasons, the first reason is that I wanted to give this films a chance because it is loved by so many people and I had low expectations so I wanted to gather my opinions and think about what I was writing before posting. The second reason is I got a new iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil so I took this opportunity to play with my new toy and also take my time with the review by handwriting my review on the iPad with a app. Below I’ll post pictures of my review in it’s original handwritten form. I enjoyed writing the review this way but I did not enjoy the writing cramp I got along side it! I probably wont hand write many more reviews but I will definitely use it jot down my notes from the film I’ve been watching