There’s not much that can be said about It’s a Wonderful Life that hasn’t been said before. Even the most cynical among us are drawn in by the story of the suicidal George Bailey and his journey through what life would have looked like had he never been born. It’s bleak stuff — until the end, when a renewed George reconnects with his family and we see that legendary scene so artfully crafted by director Frank Capra: George holding his young daughter, standing next to his wife and beaming, just full of hope. That’s the appeal of the film. Capra never meant for it to be a Christmas movie at all, but rather a paean to the post-war hopes and dreams for a nation that had been through so much. It’s a message that’s endured and been fully integrated into the American Christmas experience, even through thousands of showings on cable and an ill-advised foray into colorization that broke Capra’s heart. It’s a movie we’re used to seeing in our living rooms, but that should be experienced — just once — on the big screen if you have the chance. And you do. DFW.com presents a special screening of It’s a Wonderful Life at the Magnolia Theatre, 3699 McKinney Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $8.50 to $10.50. Visit landmarktheatres.com.
Tue., Dec. 17, 2013