ht, Newsbusters, NYT's City Editor Rips Into 'It's a Wonderful Life'; A Rare Window Into a Deeply Cynical Media Mind
Anyone who can take this move, about doing one's responsibilities and making a quiet but important difference in one's own world, and try to say it's pitiful and dreadful, obvious has some serious issues and needs to see some professional help.
“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.
I suppose he must think that way, because how very non-pc is the movie!! Instead of living life as a care-free ne'er-do-well, George Bailey shoulder's responsbilities even when he would rather not do so. Instead of seeing the sites in far-off places, he comes to find things of infinite worth in his home town. Instead of being the known hero, he's the everyday hero. While those around him are fighting the war to keep the Germans and Japanese at bay, he's fighting a war to make sure that those off fighting have something at home worth fighting for and coming home to.
George isn't a perfect here, and when things start to fall apart around him, his reactions are understandable but still harsh. He's a good man who through no fault of his own is about to be punished for things he didn't do.
The attitude of the writer of this article is sad and pathetic to the extreme. His notion that Pottersville would have been a better place than Bedford Falls is sickening.