Perhaps it’s director Frank Capra’s knack for zeroing in on simple truths or James Stewart’s talent for expressing earnestness without self-righteousness. Whatever the reason, only the crankiest cynic can scoff at this enduring classic. The story of Bedford Falls’ George Bailey (Stewart) – a candidate for suicide until a guardian angel takes him on a tour of what the town would have been like without his lifetime of generosity – the movie is a charming dramatization of the Golden Rule. Is the movie corny? Often. Is it moving in the most basic, moral way? Every year we watch it.
Could only be more promising if it was written by Barton Fink