What's so wonderful about it?

What's so wonderful about it?

There are 6 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Dec 12, 2007, titled What's so wonderful about it?. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

I don't much care for films that celebrate "small-town values." I always feel judged, even personally attacked, by these movies.

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Voice of reason

Hartford, CT

#1 Dec 12, 2007
What a waste of space this article is. I love the author's assertion that socialist countries are such a better option to capitalist society like the one we live in. Socialism is a demographic time bomb. Why do you think Germany is paying $35k to married couples who have a baby? They need someone to pay for these benefits they've promised to the current elderly generation.

As far as the rest of this article, it appears that Annie is the one judging everyone. Basically stating that if you don't throw responsibility to the wind and think only about yourself its because your a small minded dolt who deserves whatever miserable life you inherit. Its obvious that Annie has unresolved childhood regrets that she is now projecting onto the rest of the world. Annie, just because you hated where you grew up doesn't mean everyone else has to. In the end this is just another example of the left's constant hypocrisy in judging anyone who chooses to be happy with the status quo.

United States

#2 Dec 12, 2007
Two things are obvious about this piece. First that Ms. Korzen feels guilty as heck about leaving her small town, God knows why, or she wouldn't be so defensive about her life choices. And second that she has completely missed the point of 'It's a Wonderful Life' which is that one doesn't have to be rich, famous, successful or even president to make a difference. Bedford Falls may be a small place but George Bailey had a major postive impact upon the lives of the people there - as we see. Probably more then any president or other elected official ever did.

Lady Lake, FL

#3 Dec 12, 2007
Now, see, I always thought of the point of "It's a Wonderful Life" was that you have to accept the choices you make. George could have gone to college and made his fortune, certainly and ended up right where Harry did. Instead, George made the choice to stay. His mistake was to never be satisfied with what he had--a beautiful wife, a loving family, and a town that supported him. George Bailey made his choice and then spent his lifetime regretting the choice he made.

So whenever I see "It's a Wonderful Life" I'm not reminded of a small town utopia where everything is perfect. Instead, I'm reminded that we must learn to be happy with the choices we make. And It's unfortunate that Ms. Korzen hasn't learned to accept her own choices.

Sanford, FL

#4 Dec 13, 2007
I suspect like many works of art 'It's a Wonderful Life' means what you read into it. But obviously there are a *LOT* of more positive readings than Ms. Korzen's which seems to be informed by an unfortunate defensiveness and/or elitism.
DVC Member

Dayton, NJ

#5 Dec 19, 2007
Trying to draw a parallel to your current situation and a 50+ year old movie is disturbing, to say the least.

Milwaukee, WI

#6 Jun 24, 2008
DVC Member wrote:
Trying to draw a parallel to your current situation and a 50+ year old movie is disturbing, to say the least.
right on....

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