Saturday, December 22, 2007

Christmas Curmudgeon

I know this puts me in a tiny and reviled minority, but I really don't like "It's a Wonderful Life."

I just don't think bank failures and suicide attempts are very cheerful Christmas topics. I think it's the most depressing movie in the history of the universe, final redemption aside.


Billy Dennis said...

This is what probably happened in Bedford Falls after the cameras stopped rolling:

* The doomed savings and loan failed.
* George Baily ran off with Violet, taking whatever cash was left behidn when the S&L failed. He would later die of a heroin overdose after Violet ran off with her pimp.
* Uncle Billy died in the insane asylum.
* The loving, caring neighbors and friends of the Bailey's sued Mary Bailey to get back their lost savings. She lost the house, and the entire clan ended up living in one of Potter's slums. Harry Baily sends them a few bucks now and then.
* Bailey Park gets taken over by HUD, which went over about as well as can be expected. Cops won't go into the place after dark, unless they have backup in riot gear.
* ZuZu became a radical lesbian author. Her most famous book was a collection of erotic poetry called "ZuZu's Petals."
* Bert the cop and Ernie the cab driver moved to Greenwich Village and took an apartment together. Ernie took seven stiches during the Stonewall Riots.
* Mr. Potter lived for another 20 years, getting richer with each day. With no heirs, left all of his money to charity.

C. J. Summers said...

I'm guessing you're also not a fan of "A Christmas Carol" (death, poverty) or "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (rejection, humiliation) either, eh?

And heaven help us if you ever watch "Frosty the Snowman" -- he melts at the end!

Eyebrows McGee said...

I like Rudolph okay (learning about acceptance is REALLY DIFFERENT from suicide as a Christmas topic), but I HATE Frosty because he melts in the end (it's the same way I feel about children's books where the animal dies -- IT'S JUST WRONG). Christmas Carol I just usually find dull because so many versions are so badly acted.

Mahkno said...

Merry Festivus to everyone !!!

Jennifer said...

I actually don't like it either; I can never get past the part where George Bailey is mean to his kids.

But, then, I also hate the movie "The Wizard of Oz," too...

Ms. PH said...

I have never seen it. I don't feel a huge loss without it - I don't like trite sugary crap.

I'm not a big fan of the Wizard of Oz either. Those flying monkeys scare the bejesus out of me.