“Wonderful? Sorry, George, It’s a Pitiful, Dreadful Life”

I read an interesting article by Wendell Jamieson with a different take on the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Here are some of his depressing thoughts:

“‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is a terrifying, asphyxiating story about growing up and relinquishing your dreams, of seeing your father driven to the grave before his time, of living among bitter, small-minded people. It is a story of being trapped, of compromising, of watching others move ahead and away, of becoming so filled with rage that you verbally abuse your children, their teacher and your oppressively perfect wife. It is also a nightmare account of an endless home renovation.”

“Not only is Pottersville cooler and more fun than Bedford Falls, it also would have had a much, much stronger future. Think about it: In one scene George helps bring manufacturing to Bedford Falls. But since the era of “It’s a Wonderful Life” manufacturing in upstate New York has suffered terribly. On the other hand, Pottersville, with its nightclubs and gambling halls, would almost certainly be in much better financial shape today. It might well be thriving. What a grim thought: Had George Bailey never been born, the people in his town might very well be better off today.”

To end on a more positive note, did you know that the iconic Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie were named after the police officer and the taxi driver from “It’s a Wonderful Life”?

Now you have some interesting facts for your family and friends the next time you watch. 🙂

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  • Jonathan Brink

    That’s a sad way to look at it.

    I guess it all depends on what your definition of better is. Addicted to gambling, sex and the worst of our lusts doesn’t seem like a better life to me, but to each his own.

  • Eric Bryant

    If only George Bailey had introduced the hybrid technology for automobiles to Bedford Falls! I just discovered that Toyota is using 100 year old technology that no one saw as useful until this recent spike in gas prices.

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