Uplifting, life-affirming, joyous fable about the life of George Bailey – played brilliantly by James Stewart – and his family and town and momentary suicidal crisis. It’s a true fantasy, not just because of the inclusion of a guardian angel with the ability to conjure up an alternate reality, but because everything about the vivid world of Bedford Falls and George’s wonderful life is inherently fantastical. Donna Reed is great as The Perfect Wife™. Perhaps my only criticism (aside from a slight grumble about over-length) is that George’s period of disillusionment and anger – necessary, of course, for the final act to work – seems to come on too quickly, to the extent that it jars a little and feels out of character for longer than it should. Regardless, this is now officially my favourite Christmas movie and the oldest movie to make me cry. Those last few minutes are truly magical and just thinking about them to write this is enough to make me tear up again. Glorious.