Drinker's Christmas Crackers - It's a Wonderful Life 

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Join me as I review what may be the ultimate Christmas movie - the 1946 classic starring James Stewart and Donna Reed... It's a Wonderful Life.


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17. 12. 2020





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Alice pretty
Alice pretty Před dnem
"Classic American movie", based on A Christmas Carol. Another classic, The Wizard of Oz, based on Alice In Wonderland.
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve Před 9 dny
My comment wouldn't do this movie justice.
Mudpuppyjunior Před 22 dny
I wish Drinker would review more old classics, instead of wasting his insight on so much modern tripe.
Ab5olut3 ZERO
Ab5olut3 ZERO Před 22 dny
Arguably one of the best films of all time, they do not make them like this any more and that’s a damned crying shame.
CainCrow Před 28 dny
Drinker, I'd love to see you review Casablanca. These are the two ultimate classic movies of all time. Also, though it's no "It's a Wonderful Life" I'd love for you to watch "Henry Poole is Here". It's one of my favorite more recent movies. I've seen it literally dozens of times!
piercen j
piercen j Před 28 dny
Love this movie
Bruce Bennett
Bruce Bennett Před měsícem
Wonderful review. Part of the power of Jimmy Stewart's very moving performance was that he had returned from Europe where he had been in 25 bombing missions. His friends were shocked at how he had changed and he had lost weight as well. His mental state was damaged by his experiences and it took some time, and probably some good work, to help him recover. He did and we benefited from many fine movie roles over the rest of his long career. George Bailey will be one of his signature roles and for good reason. Another excellent post-WWII film is "The Best Years Of Our Lives" which came out in late 1946. It details the mental and physical struggles of veterans who were returning home from the war. The great director Billy Wilder called it a "perfect movie".
Baykal Ada
Baykal Ada Před měsícem
Honestly this movie has not aged a bit. The building up as you say is marvelous. The acting is on another level. The meaning, the main idea is universal no matter what the era we are in... I think movie makers should rely more on the basics of this movie. Especially on the storytelling. D&D should have watched this movie thousands times before writing the shit they have... However, nice review mate 👊
jay sullivan
jay sullivan Před měsícem
I’d give this movie a 3/10. There are not enough bigot sandwiches and the people are too moral.
robotpanda77 Před měsícem
I find it fascinating that a film can be so beloved and yet flop when released.
Ty Před měsícem
"... a cloyingly sentimental piece of gee-wiz nostalgia" My god, Drinker, you really have a way with words.
bob says
bob says Před měsícem
I actually find this film depressing, because I can't help but always have in the back of my head that real life rarely works out this well and give a happy ending like the film does.
aloi meh
aloi meh Před měsícem
Gosh Drinker, that review was beautiful.
Rick TheLDSlibertarion
Rick TheLDSlibertarion Před měsícem
Probably my favorite movie critique that I've seen you do. I will appreciate this movie all the more next time I watch it. Thank you.
Andrew Fort
Andrew Fort Před měsícem
My attachment to this movie is very deep, I think. _It’s a Wonderful Life: The Musical_ was the very first play I was ever a part of. I had already developed an emotional connection to the movie by itself because my family and I (still) watch it every year-but now I can hardly think about the movie without tears because of the wonderful friendships made during the late hours spent after school developing our characters and acting and vocals. Some of the backstage inside jokes still live in my brain. Now I’m not a theater nerd (I only know the ones I’ve been in), but I am thankful for my English teacher who pressured me into acting and singing onstage-it genuinely changed my life. I plan to watch this movie every year around Christmas with my own children one day. Thanks for this; it’s a beautiful reminder of how impactful and influential even one seemingly unimportant person can be, and it’s a call to action-it’s a call for each of us to willingly sacrifice our own wants for the benefit of others. And as it’s said, “love is sacrifice.” So essentially this movie tells us to love each other, not with words or shows of affection, but with our actions. Plus, the romance in it is classic!
volbound1700 Před měsícem
BTW, the run on the bank seen in the movie is the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Kind of a momentous time.
Thor Odinson
Thor Odinson Před měsícem
I never watched this movie despite it being praised by almost everyone. I was surprised by your reaction. I never heard you sound more optimistic about anything. Thanks for the synopsis, as it basically affirms my alienation toward viewing movies that have unabashedly, shamefully happy endings. Yeah, it was produced in an era where some portion of humanity still believed things would turn out alright in the long run. But I don't think much of anything works out -- ever. I see life as an inescapable sand trap and we are all slowly sinking back into that nothingness from which we were conceived. The movie obviously has merits. I'm a Stewart fan and one of my favorite films is the original "Flight of the Phoenix." So, I don't speak down about this movie -- especially since I haven't even watched it. But, from the bits and pieces I've seen throughout the years, I can tell that it's just not going to appeal to me. And you thought you had the biggest asshole in the world.
Onikame Před měsícem
Sheesh. I got choked up watching this review. And yup, my father in law watches this every christmas. So, I watch it every christmas. Because he feeds me alcohol when I come over and watch movies with him.
Raven Eyes
Raven Eyes Před měsícem
The best Christmas movie
Mike Stergios
Mike Stergios Před měsícem
Spot on!!! Interesting film to juxtapose for your consideration: Kurosawa's "IKIRU" from 1951. Much darker tone than "Wonderful Life", but the same message about human dignity, and making a difference. Would love to see your review of it.
Daniel Cordero
Daniel Cordero Před měsícem
I fuckin cried after this video man literally enough to make a grown man cry i relate to this film so much
Anti Serjanus
Anti Serjanus Před měsícem
We are living in Pottersville. You may also enjoy 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn', made a year before this one.
Logan Douglas
Logan Douglas Před měsícem
One of my favorite Christmas movies.
Old School
Old School Před měsícem
NOPE. This movie is stupid. Why didn't the angel just go and tell Potter to give the money back?
memymomalex Před měsícem
I started crying just watching this review lololol this movie gets me every time. Seriously one of the most beautiful movies ever made.
milcoll73 Před 2 měsíci
but, but how can this movie resonate with everyone when it doesnt have and lesbian pocs in it????
Eroxi3 Před 2 měsíci
My husband made me watch this for the first time this past Christmas and god damn do I regret not seeing it sooner. Although seeing it for the first time with my husband and our first daughter sitting together, really made it an extra special experience.
Paul Campbell
Paul Campbell Před 2 měsíci
Well done drinker, well done sir!
Nick Schneider
Nick Schneider Před 2 měsíci
It's a Wonderful Review.
FM Tianjin
FM Tianjin Před 2 měsíci
One of the weakest movies Frank Capra ever did. It does seem like an absolute masterpiece compared to most of the movies made today, but if you watch "You can't take it with you", "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", " Mr. Deeds Goes to Town ", "Meet John Doe", etc. and right afterwards - "It's a wonderful life", you'd inevitably notice how Capra's talent deteriorated over the years. Most of the people who praise "It's a wonderful life" haven't seen Capra's earlier films, a sad but true fact... To anyone interested in checking out what the movies were like in the good old days, I'd highly recommend "You can't take it with you" - my personal favourite.
James Schrumpf
James Schrumpf Před 2 měsíci
One nit to pick. It was a bank examiner, not the tax man, that showed up to do the books just as the money was lost. The shot where George runs out of the broken-down house, and the camera zooms into close-up on his face as he realizes the horror of what's going on, is bone-chilling. I read that Stewart suffered PTSD from his 25 bomber missions over Germany in WW2 (go look it up; he ended up a brigadier general), and in that moment when he looks directly into the camera, he let all that emotion come out. If you freeze that frame when he's looking right at you, it is truly terrifying. But it all ended up as Potterville anyway.
Basil Elkhuri
Basil Elkhuri Před 2 měsíci
I do not grow attachment for things. Nor do I possess anything resembling a human soul. But the end of this movie brings a tear to my eye every single time. You’re doing gods work drinker thank you
artemus ward
artemus ward Před 2 měsíci
Potterville looked pretty damn interesting to me
Chris Warzenski
Chris Warzenski Před 2 měsíci
But Drinker, you overly pickled and underly pretentious film critic, Bedford Falls is in New York State (north eastern U.S.) , not the mid west. I almost didn't want to watch your review on this one. Glad I did, as you perfectly nailed why it's a great film.
Meckle von Heinsburgh
Meckle von Heinsburgh Před 2 měsíci
God I love this movie. Thanks, Drinker.
Mr. Surly
Mr. Surly Před 2 měsíci
I just heard the Mike Rowe Podcast (The Way I heard it) about this movie. If you get a chance and have Spotify, give it a listen. Episode 86: Francisco's Flakes.
Dan Před 2 měsíci
It's a wonderful life, makes me remember when movies were good.
VCR Time Machine
VCR Time Machine Před 2 měsíci
Agreed....I didn't really like it that much 20 years ago, but when we watched it this year I nearly burst into tears at the end.
Trichocereus1 Před 2 měsíci
Al bundy is king of all!
Trichocereus1 Před 2 měsíci
Donald Smith
Donald Smith Před 2 měsíci
Congratulations. I've never watched it, but you've given a review that makes me wonder why not.
Don M
Don M Před 2 měsíci
Great but still comes in at #2 behind the ultimate Christmas movie DIE HARD !!! George Bailey should have gone all John McLane on Potter with Tommy Guns and Dynamite....
Jaded One
Jaded One Před 2 měsíci
Jimmy Stewart was the most charismatic actor ever.
lovelessissimo Před 2 měsíci
What a great movie.
Jamie Dyer
Jamie Dyer Před 2 měsíci
"If it doesn't bring a tear to your eye, then I suspect movies really aren't your thing" I've been sobbing for the last five minutes!
Gator Head
Gator Head Před 2 měsíci
Timeless story with the same problems people face no matter when they live...
Makaan Před 2 měsíci
Rien Jen
Rien Jen Před 2 měsíci
Brilliant. Great review--there's something about hearing the phrase "a bunch of dicks" in the same context of a movie review for "It's a Wonderful Life" that had me rolling. But beyond that, I JUST watched this movie for the first time in 2020. My mom is dying, we're dealing with this effing pandemic, I haven't been able to see my friends or even relatives for a year. This movie came on and I watched it, and even with all this shit in the world, it made me appreciate what I do have. On Christmas, it came on again, and I watched it again, and enjoyed it even more. Favorite Jimmy Stuart movie, and everything you said in this review is true; the ending is earned and Stuart is fantastic. Thanks.
Dane Graham
Dane Graham Před 2 měsíci
Love it! Love this movie
Fulgrim2 Před 2 měsíci
This always puts a smile on my face, just a good pure movie.
james McDonald
james McDonald Před 2 měsíci
Spasibo tovarisch, just raise your shot of Vodka and bask in the glory and joy of being, it is really wonderful to be 🍺🍻🥂🍷
Ali Lo
Ali Lo Před 2 měsíci
Gee I sure wish an angel would come down and give me my hearing back in my left ear too!
Matthew Talbot-Paine
Matthew Talbot-Paine Před 3 měsíci
I'm not much of a fan of the if you didn't do it it wouldn't get done mentality. I once saved a boy's life from a very sudden river swell by going and picking him up and bringing him across the river because he was paralysed with fear I think but if I had not done that someone else would have done that and if I didn't exist it's possible he wouldn't have even been there. If George didn't exist his parents wouldn't have sent him off to ice skate by himself would they? There would have been someone with him and they would likely have saved him instead or maybe it just wouldn't happen at all because he wouldn't go at the exact same time he did last time or travel the exact same route on the ice that led him to fall into the water. I suppose the world would be worse off without someone who turns out to be an above average good person so it would have been better for sure but I guess that would be hard to show so I guess I understand the need to present it this way.
The Cult of the Jim
The Cult of the Jim Před 3 měsíci
I'd love to hear your take on The Grapes of Wrath
Christopher Před 3 měsíci
This review made me bawl
Suzanne Chavis
Suzanne Chavis Před 3 měsíci
That was nice
Jason S
Jason S Před 3 měsíci
Another absolute video-essay home run. 🙌 Thank you!
Michael Long
Michael Long Před 3 měsíci
Another great old movie with psychological undertones is 12 O'clock High.
Alcohol and Fun
Alcohol and Fun Před 3 měsíci
Just showed this to my partner. She'd never seen it before. She burst into tears at the end when all his friends come in to save him from the law. Then asked if we can watch it every Christmas 😁 One of the best films ever made, hands done!
Sketchstuffs Před 3 měsíci
Why did I have to watch this at work :( Such a perfect movie.
Jonathan Quatro
Jonathan Quatro Před 3 měsíci
The Greatest Film Of All-Time.
DAB42 bridges
DAB42 bridges Před 3 měsíci
That ending still gets to me...
kevin buja
kevin buja Před 3 měsíci
No matter how many times I’ve watched this, I still can’t help but cry at the end.
kevin buja
kevin buja Před 3 měsíci
“No man is truly poor, if he has friends.” Clarence
Lee Walter
Lee Walter Před 3 měsíci
Terrible movie.....Where was the diversity? Oh wait. Back then diversity was different. Immigration back then came from similar but diverse cultures. We had Polish, French, Spanish, Germans, English, Swedish, Irish, Italians, etc..... That was until Kennedy changed it all. This was done behind close doors without the people voting on it. Those cultures today are just known as white people.
Taj Klair
Taj Klair Před 3 měsíci
It did not expect the beginning to be so bleak
viddork Před měsícem
By "beginning", you mean everything but the last 5 minutes?
Rick Trezise
Rick Trezise Před 3 měsíci
That ending though... The friends thing... 2020 saw me alienate all but two of my most trusted friends because of politics. They were willing to sacrifice freedom for perceived protection, and I was willing to sacrifice them because of their weakness. Now I've got two friends that I hardly ever get to see because of family commitments and I wonder what my unwillingness to bend has cost me.
Joe Malone
Joe Malone Před 3 měsíci
This classic movie is in my top 5 best movies of all time, and I usually watch it every Xmas, with each viewing being as enjoyable as the first time I saw it. Interestingly, I had an ex-girlfriend who was named after Donna Reed. I've recently watched two other movies recommended by the Drinker, Dredd, which I'd avoided due to the one before being rubbish, it was great, and last night I watched Dog Soldiers; how did this one pass me by?? It's an awesome movie!
30noir Před 3 měsíci
So to stop George jumping in to the perilous freezing waters, Clarence fakes an accident, forcing George to... jump in to the perilous freezing waters to save him. Huh.
Rdub Před 3 měsíci
Your synopsis made me year up a little, not as much as the movie does everytime I watch it, but enough to say thank you for reminding me of the feeling this movie gives me. Everyone watch have faith.
1dantown Před 3 měsíci
This movie saved my life.
Ted Cruzs Cat
Ted Cruzs Cat Před 3 měsíci
But Drinker you stunning stallion you, Can we get a movie about a world without Kathleen Kennedy?
meg grotte
meg grotte Před 3 měsíci
This is one of the best movies I've ever seen I've watched it since I was 12. I'm now 41 and I've been in situations like that where I wasn't sure if I'd make it literally
AQuietNight Před 3 měsíci
The irony is, It's A Wonderful life wasn't intended to be a Christmas movie. It was released in July of 1947. How is that for bad marketing?
viddork Před měsícem
@AQuietNight Oh, I like that idea!
AQuietNight Před měsícem
@viddork Yes, you went there. The public repurposed the movie for it's own needs.
viddork Před měsícem
Strictly speaking, it's not a Christmas movie. It happens that the framing story is set at Christmas, and it is always shown at Christmas, but the actual story doesn't involve Christmas at all. It's not the spirit of Christmas that moves everyone to give him money. It's no more a Christmas movie than _Die Hard_ or _Home Alone._ Yes, I went there!
Attie Pollard
Attie Pollard Před 2 měsíci
Someone must didn't really give a damn or think that this movie was going to be successful or icon
Jeff Grey
Jeff Grey Před 3 měsíci
From what I’ve learned this movie was a box office failure, they start showing it at Christmas time because television was really new at that time and they didn’t really have many things Christmas themed to put on the air.
RachelPops Před 3 měsíci
This is my favorite movie! Goodness, beauty, and truth.
Nathan0324 Před 3 měsíci
This movie was so meaningful to me it made me cry
Mark Basnight
Mark Basnight Před 3 měsíci
Sentimental Scot...
robert gatehouse
robert gatehouse Před 3 měsíci
A wonderful movie ....Dave Listers favourite :)
Tyler Henderson
Tyler Henderson Před 3 měsíci
Dude your words move me to tears. I can’t wait to read your books.
Motion Pictures
Motion Pictures Před 3 měsíci
how about "Mr Smith goes to Washington", "12 angry men", "The Lifeboot", "City Lights", "" and "Casablanca" as movies that aged well. The list of old movies that are better than new movies is long:
Rebecca Stayman
Rebecca Stayman Před 3 měsíci
Aw Jeez, thanks Drinker. I needed that :-)
World of AMEISO
World of AMEISO Před 3 měsíci
I cannot agree more me old pudding...
JennaTollz Před 3 měsíci
Even just talking about this movie tears me up.
Bud Lehn
Bud Lehn Před 3 měsíci
I just created a group page for one of the iconic characters in the film and it's living actress. It is It's A Wonderful Life ~ The Karolyn Zuzu Grimes Fan Group. She's 80 and she's not very gray now. She's a member there and a real sweetheart. The page is full of the great scenes from the film and lots more. Check it out.
Noah Gooder
Noah Gooder Před 3 měsíci
the only thing id like to see is possibly a remaster in color i mean keep everything the same just add some color like into the backgrounds.
viddork Před měsícem
It was already colourized. Siskel and Ebert ripped it apart, even making the ridiculous claim that Lionel Barrymore's Mr. Potter was less threatening in colour. As if the man could only act in B&W.
piludo36 Před 3 měsíci
Capper and Stewart, along with a fantastic cast made this movie iconic and timeless. Many people don't know that Stuart actually fought in the War, not as a celebrity but had flown missions that were dangerous. When Capra approached him about the film Jimmy Stewart said he didn't know if he wanted to be an actor anymore, especially leading man. Thank God Capper talked him into it. A lot of people speculate that scenes in the bar, the tears and the hopelessness that he displayed on screen came from his experience in World War II. Maybe it was cathartic for him? Frank Capra along with three other directors I tried to create their own Studio, Liberty films. I think they only made for movies before it went bankrupt. But the spirit of wanted to break away and not be controlled by the big studios of the time is to be admired. And it was under that attempt 2 do movies the way the artist wanted to rather than the studio, that it's wonderful life was born. I think a lot of the success of the movie that came later was due to it going into public domain for 10 to 20 years starting in the 1970s. It's a shame now that NBC owns it because it's full of commercials. When I was a little kid any local channel could show the movie at any time. On the other hand Universal NBC has restored the film so that's a good thing. I agree with the Drinker that if this movie doesn't move you then maybe you're not a movie person. I only watch it once a year because it's special. It makes me cry like a little girl and it makes me laugh and it makes me pull for the protagonist. One thing I think was overlooked in the review is the first half of the movie is actually really good. We see what a good person George Bailey is. Yes he has to put away and give up a lot. But he sticks up for what he thinks is right. He stands up to Potter. When his father dies he does it again. As a boy, working for a pharmacist his actions lead to saving a life. How can you not like George Bailey? And then the date with Donna Reed's character. Perfect. I never seen a quatre movie I didn't like. I wish that you talk more about Capra as well as Stewart in the movie but that's okay he gave the movie props and that's what's important!
SloMoe Před 3 měsíci
One of the best films of all time.
JimboJoeAH Před 3 měsíci
I'm 33 and grew up off these old movies. Jimmy Stewart is an all time favorite actor. Shenandoah was a great film as well.
Highway Hobo
Highway Hobo Před 3 měsíci
I fucking love this film. Try to watch it at least once every holiday season
Master Chief
Master Chief Před 3 měsíci
I hate to think what they would do to this movie if it was remade today. Man trying to provide for his family White male lead Supportive wife and mother Christian theme. 4 massive No’s right there at least.
Attie Pollard
Attie Pollard Před 2 měsíci
It will probably go to DVD to the $2 section.
total combustion
total combustion Před 3 měsíci
Amen drinker, amen
dizzitoast Před 3 měsíci
Another masterpiece by the Drinker. I finally got around to watching this per your recommendation, and it really did not disappoint. Thank you!
Xell52 Před 3 měsíci
It's A Wonderful review, great job
Helder Braz
Helder Braz Před 3 měsíci
James Stewart has A LOT of great movies. One of my favourite actors! He did put the best of him on every role.
Connor Baz
Connor Baz Před 3 měsíci
DUDE, I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! Seriously, this is a classic that we've watched almost every single Christmas I can remember. Excellent characters, excellent story, excellent writing, and delivers a lesson that we can ALL learn from. And to think some people believe a movie where the majority of the characters are "white" is automatically bad... They are just as awful as Mr Potter, if not more so.
talatson surong
talatson surong Před 3 měsíci
Im going to rent it
deatheven13 Před 3 měsíci
Imagine 64 ish years from now someone looking back retrospectively and fondly with a sense of gentle wonder at the American movie classic... Birds of Prey
abs olutman
abs olutman Před 3 měsíci
This movie should be called on stage and presented a medal. Stewart was at the top of his acting game and Reed was more beautiful than what was legally permissible of that time. It's a Wonderful Life takes you through it all and leaves you better than it found you.
dscharlesworth1 Před 3 měsíci
Donna Reed is smoking hot. Also It's A Wonderful Life is a good movie.
google must_die
google must_die Před 3 měsíci
As a film reviewer myself, there’s never a time when optimism and patriotism are out of style.
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