Sure it’s slow and melodramatic but only the most hardened cynic will manage not to tear up over the grand finale. Essential Christmas viewing. It’s a shame Potter-ism won out in real world USA—George Bailey isn’t exactly a socialist but I’d still welcome a hero with his community spirit in contemporary pop culture ‘content’.
Every time I thought this couldn’t get more ridiculous, it did. Has to be seen to be believed. But don’t really see it. Just take my word for it. You might think ridiculous can be fun but in this case there’s something mean spirited and ugly running through all things that I found really quite offputting.