The Keith & the Movies Valhalla is a place of tribute for those movies that I hold in the highest regard. These are films that embody everything that is great about motion pictures. These are the best of the best – movies that I truly love and that stand above the rest. There are many great movies that won’t find their way into these sacred halls. But here you will find those films that I believe personify brilliance in filmmaking, storytelling, and entertainment. These glorious 5 star accomplishments are worthy of special recognition as the very best. Ok, enough of the high drama! In other words, these are my favorite movies of all time, ok?
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) – Could there be a better time than this to induct what I believe is the best Christmas movie ever made? But here’s the thing. Not only is “It’s a Wonderful Life” a bonafide Christmas classic. It’s also an incredible film period. I still remember the first time I saw this gem from Frank Capra. Yet like all great movies, it still has a wonderful effect on me today even after numerous viewings.
There are so many things that make “It’s a Wonderful Life” great. The fabulous story, the fun batch of characters, and some really strong performances. Jimmy Stewart is one of my favorite actors and he perfectly realizes the character of George Bailey. He’s funny, believable, and carries the bulk of the load. But there is also great work from the gorgeous Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, Thomas Mitchell, and many more. It’s hard to believe that “It’s a Wonderful Life” was poorly received when it was first released and it initially recorded a loss for RKO. But it would soon become a timeless classic. Stewart would later call “It’s a Wonderful Life” his favorite film he made. I may be inclined to agree.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” is the eighth inductee into the Keith & the Movies Valhalla. But there are more amazing movies to come in the near future so stay tuned. What are your thoughts on this Jimmy Stewart classic? Is it worth the accolades it’s received or is it an overrated picture? You now know my opinion. I’d love to hear yours. Take time to share your comments below.