Pitch Perfect 3

Date Watched: – 9th January 2018

Director: – Trish Sie

Genre: – Comedy, Music

Starring: –  Anna Jendrick (Beca), Brittany Snow (Chloe), Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy/Patricia), Anna Camp (Aubrey) and Hailee Steinfeld (Emily)

Review: –

Beca, Chloe, Aubrey, Fat Amy and the rest of the Bellas are back for the third instalment of the Pitch Perfect. The Bellas have all now gone their separate way though many still keep in touch with Beca now a Music Producer and Chloe training to be a Vet. After Beca quits her job and returns to the flat she shares with Amy, Chloe arrives and reminds them about the Bella Reunion that is happening later that evening. When all the Bellas reunite they find Emily had invited them to watch the current Bella’s perform rather than the old Bellas to sing, afterwards Chloe says she would give anything to perform with the Bellas again when Audrey mentions about the USO (United Service Organizations) Performance Tour that her Dad (A High Ranking Naval Officer) can get them in which if they’re good enough would get to open for DJ Khaled.

The Bellas then start the tour and first arrive in Spain and after meeting the other bands on the tour they perform on the opening night of the tour where they sing Cheap Thrills but are interrupted by Taps being played by the loud speaker so later they decide to go to the Hotel/Casino that DJ Khaled is staying at the girls split up before reunite to go to DJ Khaled suite (though he’s not in the suite at the time) whilst Fat Amy is escorted into the Casino as a special guest where her estranged father joins her but she’s upset as she left her and is a criminal. Back at the suite Theo (DJ Khaled’s Music Producer) finds Beca and shows her DJ Khaled’s music equipment and gets her to start laying some tracks down whilst the rest of girls manage to cause chaos and start a fire just as DJ Khaled returns to his suite. The next morning the girls decide to stop trying to win and just perform for enjoyment after face-timing Staceie who just had a baby girl that she has named Bella.

The girls then travel to Italy and Greece to perform in the tour and finally go to the South of France where the Tour ends where DJ Khaled gets Theo to bring Beca to him where he offers her the chance to perform as opening act for him and also offers her a record deal, Beca refuses and goes to try and find the girls to tell them. Meanwhile the girls have been kidnapped by Fat Amy’s father as he requires Amy to go to the Cayman Islands to access her Bank Account which contains $180 million and are taken aboard his yacht. When Amy’s father calls Amy to tell her he has the girls she warns him that she’s coming for him. Amy and Beca sneak onto the yacht with Beca joining the rest of the girls whilst Amy goes below deck and disables the rest of the staff/bodyguards of her father. When Beca joins the group she says that if the Bellas are going to suffering then they should sing and start to perform Toxic and at the end Fat Amy comes crashing through the roof and the girls escape with Amy’s father being arrested. Whilst the girls dry off Beca (well Amy) tells the rest that Khaled has chosen her to perform but she has turned it down but the Bellas say they lift family up not hold them down and she must perform and that they’re happy with not having to perform.

Beca opens for DJ Khaled and starts laying down the track using her vocals and then starts to perform Freedom which during the song she gets the rest of the Bellas on Stage with her to help perform it and they receive a standing ovation. During the end scenes we see that Audrey’s father has watched the show and then Chloe hooks up with Chicago (one of the Army escorts) and we see the journey of the Bellas with outtakes from the previous Pitch Perfect films.

Reading this it actual sounds better than the film actual was as if you take out the music then this film is pretty dire and the acting was poor. The songs and music performances were good and raise the rating up but though the storyline seems decent it felt rushed and far-fetched. As per the last film Anna, Brittany and Rebel carried a lot of the film with Anna playing a lesser role than the first film again.

If you’re a Pitch Perfect fan then yes see this as it’s the end of the Bellas but otherwise I would say give this a miss, if you do want to see it give it a year and watch it when it arrives on TV.

6/10 just because the Music Performances are worthy of this.

The Greatest Showman

Date Watched: – 30th December 2017

Director: – Michael Gracey

Genre: – Biography, Drama, Musical

Starring: – Hugh Jackman (P T Barnum), Michelle Williams (Charity Barnum), Zac Efron (Phillip Carlyle), Zendaya (Anne), Rebecca Ferguson (Jenny Lind), Austyn Johnson (Caroline Barnum) and Cameron Seely (Helen Barnum)

Review: – The last film of 2017 saw me take in The Greatest Showman a film based on Phineas Taylor Barnum better known as PT Barnum the “founder” of show business and the circus. PT is the son of a tailor and during a home visit to Mr Hallett PT makes Mr Hallett’s daughter (Charity) laugh causing her to spit out her tea prompting Mr Hallett to smack PT across the face. PT and Charity write to each other during their absences and the death of PT father whilst we see the young PT and Charity sing whilst their relationship develop and whilst still in song see PT (now played by Hugh) propose and marry Charity (Michelle). PT now working at a Trading Company is laid off as the their trading vessels have sunk in the South China Seas, Whilst on the roof with Charity and his 2 daughters PT gives Caroline (his daughter) a wishing lamp as a birthday present and as they wish he has an idea and goes to the bank to borrow $10,000 using the sunken ships as collateral. PT then opens a Museum dedicated to the weird and oddities though the Museum fails to attract any interests and whilst waiting to see the Bank Manager again he notices a dwarf and then has another idea which was caused by something his daughters said about see living/live things. PT then goes round the town looking for unique individuals and finds as well as Charles (the Dwarf) he finds Lettie (a bearded woman), Lord of Leeds (an obese man), Dog Boy (man covered completely in hair) and the Irish Giant (an 8 foot man). He then puts on a show and starts to draw large crowds and then start selling out but a critic cause the show a Circus and PT decides to change the name of the show to PT Barnum’s Circus and starts to make large profits which allows PT to move his family in to a luxury mansion and lets Caroline have ballet classes but she becomes dishearten as mocked for being PT’s daughter. PT looking to enhance the show approaches the playwright Phillip Carlye who agrees for 10% of the Profits. The troupe is then invited to meet Queen Victoria where PT meets Jenny Lind a well-known opera singer and invites her to perform at his show.

Jenny sings at PT Barnum’s Circus and is a huge hit and PT decides to finance a tour across America for her and goes with her leaving Phillip in charge of the Circus. During the tour Jenny develops a crush on PT but he rejects her advances and then Jenny says she’s going to quit the tour but PT tries to get her to complete the tour as it would cause him financial hardship if she quits, but after 1 more performance she kisses PT on stage and quits the tour. PT travels back to New York as the press took photos of the kiss to tell his wife about it before the press publish any stories about it but as he arrives back and hugs his wife and girls a fire engine goes by as the Circus is on fire after an altercation between protestors and the performers. Phillip runs in to save Anne who is missing but she’s bought out by her brother WD so PT runs in after Phillip and saves him and whilst Phillip recovers in hospital Anne kisses him.

PT sitting by the remains of the theatre is joined by the critic who shows him the paper with the headline of the kiss and Jenny quitting the tour and he rushes home to see Charity has packed her bags but not because of the kiss but because the bank is evicting them and she’s unhappy that PT didn’t ask her about the money to finance the tour more then she is about the kiss. PT goes to a bar and is found by the troupe who confront him and explain that he has given them a home and family and needs to stop feeling sorry for himself, PT then goes to Charity’s parents as that’s where she has gone but her dad refuses to say where she is but their daughters tell him and he goes to the beach that they spent some of their childhood.

PT apologises to her and Charity explains she doesn’t care about the fame she just wants the man she fell in love with and there embrace. PT then returns to the theatre with the troupe and Phillip now out of hospital also shows up when PT explains that he can’t loan any more money but Phillip offers to use his share of the profits to restart the circus for 50/50 split of the profits and PT agrees and they restart the show in a Tent as cheaper to run and maintain then a theatre and when they reopen PT hands over the Ringmaster role to Phillip and takes an elephant to meet up with Charity and his girls at Caroline’s Ballet show and PT says he has everything he wanted now.

The film has several musical numbers in as well and these tracks suited the film well with “The Greatest Show”, “Never Enough” and “This is Me” being the pick for me but this is a soundtrack I will be downloading as enjoyed all the songs and would like to listen to them without the movie. The only disappointment came after the film when I found out that it wasn’t Rebecca Ferguson that sang Never Enough but Loren Allred with her vocals being dubbed over Rebecca’s but this was a stunning track.

I compared this to La La Land which won several awards last year and I believe it is better than La La Land as it flows better and the musical performances tie in better to the film then they did in La La Land. This is a movie I wanted to continue as was enjoying it, the cast was perfect though I did have my doubts with Hugh Jackman but the relationship between the cast worked and you got the sense of unity. The film is up for 3 Golden Globes and I expect will have at least 2 Oscar Nominations as well which to me is fully deserved. It would’ve probably appeared in my Top 5 2017 films if I had not already done that post and was far better than I expected. I will certainly be watching this again and fully deserves a 9/10 rating.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The first Cineworld Unlimited Screening of the year and a joint production by Fox Searchlight Pictures and Film 4 which took me by surprise as not a UK based film. Starring Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes, Woody Harrelson as Sheriff Bill Willoughby, Sam Rockwell as Officer Jason Dixon, John Hawkes as Charlie Hayes, Peter Dinklage as James, Lucas Hedges as Robbie Hayes, Abbie Cornish as Anne Willoughby, Samara Weaving as Penelope, Caleb Landry Jones as Red Welby, Clarke Peters as Abercrombie, Darrell Britt-Gibson as Jerome, Kathryn Newton as Angela Hayes, Kerry Condon as Pamela, Željko Ivanek as Desk Sergeant Cedric Connolly, Amanda Warren as Denise, Sandy Martin as Mrs. Dixon, Christopher Berry as Tony, Nick Searcy as Father Montgomery and was Written & Directed by Martin McDonagh.

I have seen this film advertised for a while and also saw that it has been nominated for a number of awards including several Golden Globes, so when Cineworld said it would be an unlimited film I booked this straight away but decided not to find out what the film was about before seeing it and reviewing it without know who was in it and what it was about, the title was intriguing as could’ve meant anything.

I was actually disappointed with the film as to me it has no start nor end of a story, you get bits and pieces during the film but many of the questions that are asked aren’t answered and you left wondering what happens and what did happen, the film itself taking away what is missing is actually pretty decent and Frances, Sam and Woody all produce good performances and there is nothing wrong with what is actually there just felt incomplete. The film goes quick which is normally a good sign and besides the story-line I can’t fault it, though I am surprised that this is up for several awards as I’ve seen far better over the previous 12 months which have not be nominated.

Would I watch again? Probably not but not because it’s a bad film but not really the Genre I do watch.

Rating – 6/10 just because it seems a lot of the film is missing.

Star Wars VIII – The Last Jedi

Date Watched: – Thursday 14th December (Midnight Screening)

Director: – Rian Johnson

Genre: – Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Starring: – Mark Hamill (Luke), Carrie Fisher (Leia), Adam Driver (Kylo/Ben), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe), Andy Serkis (Snoke), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose), Laura Dern (Vice Admiral Holdo), Frank Oz (Yoda), Billie Lourd (Connix), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca) and Jimmy Vee (R2-D2)

Review: –

Not sure how to write this review as most of my reviews contain spoilers and I know that a lot of people still have not seen the Last Jedi yet.

Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi is probably one of the most anticipated films of the year and one that millions of Star Wars fans have been waiting for 2 years to answer questions that The Force Awaken left to be answered but I came away with more questions than answers but that seems to be the way the new trilogy of films seem to be going so I will try and write this without mentioning spoilers but this will be a shorter review I expect than normal.

This film I think is more action packed and contains more humour than the other films and you can see the difference in the writing and directing of Rian Johnson that JJ Abrams though JJ will return for episode IX of the sequel trilogy which would be interesting though he was executive producer for the Last Jedi so he would’ve had an input in the film.

The film follows the developing relationship between Rey and Luke as well as Rey and Kylo Ren (though Rey, Luke and Leia all refer to him as Ben) as the film does tend to focus more about the Force as well as the Imperial/Alliance battle, however the film does tend to follow the same tendencies as previous films in the Saga but I suppose this is to be expected as we are now at Episode VIII of the saga. The film introduces new characters such as Rose and the Porgs (love them or hate them they’re part of the story now) as well as having Laura Dern come in as Vice Admiral Holdo and Carrie Fisher’s daughter (Billie Lourd) again appears as Connix which I can see becoming more involved in Episode IX after the death of Carrie which is one of the biggest question that Star Wars fans have is how they will deal with her death in Episode IX as at present ruled out using CG to replace her like they did in Rogue One.

I really enjoyed this film and personally I think this is the best Star Wars one to date but it is annoying that it also leaves you with more questions that need to be answered and you have to wait 2 years for the next episode (and last of the current Saga). I am also going to see this again this week (possibly in 3D) and one I will watch over and over again.

Rian is also going to write and produce a new Star Wars trilogy away from the Skywalker Saga which I look forward to watching.

This is a must see film. It would be a 10/10 film if it didn’t recycle some of the old ideas but fully deserves the 9/10 I give it.

Jumanji – Welcome To The Jungle

Date Watched: – 8th December 2017 (2D) & 10th December 2017 (3D)

Director: – Jake Kasdan

Genre: – Action, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: – Jumanji World – Dwayne Johnson (Dr Smolder Bravestone), Jack Black (Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon), Karen Gillan (Ruby Roundhouse), Kevin Hart (Franklin “Moose” Finbar), Nick Jonas (Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough), Bibby Cannavale (John Hardin Van Pelt), Rhys Darby (Nigel). Real World – Alex Wolff (Spencer), Madison Iseman (Bethany), Ser’Darius Blain (Fridge), Morgan Turner (Matha), Colin Hanks (Alex) and Marc Evan Jackson (Principal Bentley)

Review: –

I saw this as an Unlimited Screening and again as an Advance Screening in 3D and I was glad I did, after seeing the trailer I thought this would be a reboot but it is set after the original film and more a sequel than a remake/reboot but not a true sequel so you don’t need to watch the original Jumanji and I think why the full title is often mentioned when it’s advertised.

The film starts in 1996 when Alex’s father finds the Jumanji board game during a run on the beach and gives it to his teenage son though he rather play video games, during the night the game lights up and a game cartridge appears in the box and when Alex puts the game in the console you see his room light up and he vanishes into the game (you don’t see this but this is very much applied). The film title then appears and you then jump ahead 20 years though this is not mention and probably one of my only criticism of the film and you see Spencer give “Fridge” his homework that he has done for him outside Alex’s old house. In class Bethany is face timing her friend when her teacher tells her to hang up and when she starts to make an excuse is given a detention, later during Gym Martha refuses to pair up to play catch and tells the teacher that Gym is basically only good if want to be a Gym Teacher and is also given a detention (see where we’re going like Power Rangers and the original Breakfast Club) and then the Principal calls Spencer into his office and along with Fridge is given a detention. The Principal gives the 4 of them a task of taking out staples from old magazines as their task for detention when Fridge finds a game console and asks Spencer what it is as Spencer is a nerd (Fridge is an athlete, Bethany is self-centred and thinks everything is about her and Martha is someone who keeps themselves to themselves and hates everyone (again similar to the Breakfast Club)). Spencer plugs the game in and joins Fridge with playing the game but are unable to select access one of the players (Jefferson) but Fridge chooses Finbar whilst Spencer selects Dr Bravestone and they get the 2 girls to join in with Bethany choosing Professor Oberon and leaving Matha with Ruby Roundhouse, once all 4 have selected Spencer starts getting transported into the game followed by the others and they’re transported into a Jungle.

When they arrive in the Jungle they have taken on their apperances of the characters they have chosen with Spencer now a handsome tall tough man whist Fridge is a short zoologist, Bethany an overweight middle age man and Martha a beautiful fighting expert. As Bethany (looks in the lake at her reflection) she is eaten by a Hippo and a few moments later falls out of the sky back to the group when they then flee and bump into Nigel who has a jeep and tells them to get in which they do and he starts to explain the game and what they need to do. Spencer notices Nigel is a Non Player Character and sticks to a script even when they asks other questions. Nigel tells them the back story and what they must do to get home. Nigel then drops them off and this is where the action really begins, in the clearing where they’ve been dropped off they find out they have 3 lives and what their strengths and weaknesses are and look at the Map that Nigel gave them but only Bethany can ready it. They follow the clue that Nigel gave them and head off to a Bazaar where whilst fighting off an attack by Van Pelt’s men (the enemy), we see some of the Rock (Dwayne Johnson for those who don’t know his wrestling past) wrestling moves of old, and are met by Alex who helps them to flee, Spencer then realises that Alex is the fifth player of the game and they soon arrive at Alex’s home base where they rest and work out what they need to do next as they’re now on the third level of the game. Whilst Bethany teaches Martha how to flirt to see if she can distract the guards that are protecting a building they need to get in Spencer and Fridge realise that Alex is the same person that went missing 20 years ago and that he has been in the game for 20 years but has not got past this level and only has 1 life left. With Alex’s help the 5 of them now get past the level but when they land the Helicopter Alex is bitten by a Mosquito and begins to die as this is one of his weekend but Bethany gives him CPS and Mouth to Mouth to save him and says she will get him home, he recovers but Bethany loses another life so she only has one left.

They make it to the last level where they have to get to the Jaguar statue and after Spencer loses his second life he manages to get one of Van Pelt’s minions bike and starts to drive up the Status whilst Fridge throws the Gem away when Van Pelt tries get it back and it lands in a pit full of snakes and Martha rushes up to it when is confronted by Van Felt, she picks up the Gem and though Van Pelt says she has nowhere to go she stamps on a snake to get biten and says venom is her weakness and she dies holding the Gem but as she falls out of the sky she manages to hand the Gem to Spencer who has now on the top of the statue ready to replace the Gem which he does but at first nothing happens before they realise they need to shout out Jumanji which they do and Van Pelt turns back in a load of rats and Nigel reappears congratulating them and when he shakes their hands they return back to the real world. The 4 of them return back to the school where they’re in detention and Bethany wonders if Alex made it back or not as he had been missing for 20 years. As the 4 of them walk home and go past the Vreeke house (Alex’s home) they notice that it has changed and they see a car pull up and see someone get out of the car and they realise it’s Alex and he sees them and walks over to them and guesses their names and tells them he was spitted back out 20 years ago to when he started the game and is married with a family and tells them they named their daughter after the girl that saved his life, Bethany. The following week they return to school and have become friends and when Spencer sees Martha he walks up to her and kisses her and then hear the drumbeats of Jumanji and Fridge destroys the game by dropping a bowling ball on it.

I really enjoyed this film as was something different to the original though like it seems many films involving teenagers seem to have a basis on the Breakfast Club with a group of misfit teenagers meeting in Detention. I liked the way it was split into 2 with the real world and the game world though I couldn’t see much difference between the 2D and 3D versions so not sure would be worth the extra to see in 3D. I did spend much of both films wondering what Marvel film Karen had appeared in so only noticed that Kevin Hart and Nick Jonas appeared in the film towards to then of the second time I watched it. I recommend seeing it even if not watched or even if didn’t like the original.

9/10

Stronger

Date Watched: – 6th December

Director: – David Gordon Green

Genre: – Biography, Drama

Starring: – Jake Gyllenhaal (Jeff Bauman), Tatiana Maslany (Erin Hurley), Miranda Richardson (Patty Bauman) and Carlos Sanz (Carlos)

Review: –

Based on true events during the Boston Marathon Bombing and afterwards for survivor Jeff Bauman.

Jeff works at the a local Costco on the deli counter whilst living with his alcoholic mother, one evening in a bar he sees his ex-girlfriend raising money for the local hospital she works out by running the Boston Marathon, Jeff grabs the jar and goes round all the patrons in the bar collecting more money for her and promises he will be at the finishing line with a big sign. On the day of the marathon Jeff struggles to get to the finishing line but makes it just in time for Erin to start the final straight when the bomb goes off next to where Jeff is standing and blows both of his legs below the knee off and is rushed to hospital.

Jeff wakes up in hospital after having his legs amputated above the knee and tells his brother that he saw the bomber and his Mum then tells the FBI and they then interview him and he describes one of the bombers and becomes a hero. As Jeff leaves hospital he struggles to cope with the loss of his legs and with the fame that he has gained and isn’t helped by his mother who tries to capitalises on his new fame by booking interviews and appearances for him, Erin who is helping Jeff recover and they rekindle their relationship objects to the appearances after during his appearance at the Stanley Cup Final he suffers flashbacks and breaks down in the lift with Erin but Jeff won’t tell his family so when Patty says she has booked him with an interview with Oprah she says that he is suffering from PTSD and both Jeff and Patty start drinking again and start missing Physiotherapy and when Erin arrives home to find Patty drunk and Jeff passed out in the bath tub she snaps and after they finish a Physio session snaps and leaves Jeff and Patty to drive home alone. After a night out with his brothers Erin picks Jeff up and tells him she’s pregnant with his child which causes Jeff to panic and say he can’t be a father and Erin then leaves him in the car and packs her things from the apartment, Jeff crawls out of the car and makes his way to the apartment block crawling where he has another flashback of the bombing.

Later Jeff meets with Carlos who cared for him in the immediate aftermath of the bombing and saved his life by ties his legs to stop blood loss. Carlos explains that by helping Jeff he helped him as he had lost his son in Iraq and attended his funeral on a stretcher as he had tried to commit suicide and his other son unable to cope with his brother’s death and his father attempted suicide did commit suicide so Carlos able to help save Jeff helped him make peace with his son’s death. After meeting with Carlos, Jeff realises that his story and what has happened to him may help inspire and comfort others so starts to change his life around and starts taking rehab serious and leaves Erin a voicemail apologising for his behaviour and his fear of commitment and promises to change.

Jeff then attends a Red Sox Baseball game where he throws the first pitch, afterwards as he meets the crowd he gets told by many people how he has impacted their lives and inspired them. He then arranges to meet Erin at a diner and his Mum drops him off he walks to the diner on his prosthetics for the first time to where Erin is and he tells her he loves her and she replies good and later Erin gives birth with Jeff by her side. The movie then ends with real life video and photos of Jeff.

Once I saw the trailer I was looking forward to this and to be honest I was a little disappointed with the film but to be honest I can’t really fault it, it’s based on a true story it is well thought out and acted but after watching Patriots Day (which is also about the Boston Bombing but based on a different person) I just felt it wasn’t as good as could be and wasn’t as action packed as Patriots Day but in truth it was never going to be.

I think it’s a decent enough film to watch but I can really recommend it except perhaps for the story and the inspiration behind it but there are other films that have the same inspirational stories that are better.

I only rate this 6/10 which may be a bit harsh but that’s just my opinion of it.

A Wonderful Life

A film I only watched a few years back after being told it’s a must see and I watched it every Christmas time since but always in colour until this year when I actually watched it in Black & White. It’s rated as the best Christmas Film in some lists and is always in the top few of all the others.

The film follows George Bailey (James Stewart), but narrated by 2 Angels Joseph and Clarence who is the Angel that is sent down to George, who when growing up saved his younger brother and also stopped his boss (at the time) Mr Gower from giving poison to customer instead of his medicine, it shows him giving up his dreams to take over from his father as the head of Buildings and Loans falling that his father ran with his brother (George’s Uncle Billy) after he dies and also shows him fall in love with Mary (Donna Reed) who has had a crush on him since their were kids. After George’s father death Henry F Potter (the richest man in the county) wants to dissolve the Building and Loan company as is a competitor to his businesses. Mary and George get married and whilst on their way to their honeymoon notice a run on the bank and his customers want to withdraw their savings but all the money is tied in the bank so George uses the Honeymoon Money (Mary actually starts this process).

Over time George establishes Bailey Park a housing development which is financed by loans from the Building and Loan company which allows the residents to own their own houses rather than pay rent to Potter and live in his slums. On Christmas Eve Potter then sends the Bank Examiner to Building and Loan whilst Billy makes a bank run to deposit £8000 but after chatting to Potter he misplaces the money (accidentally giving it to Potter), Billy returns back to the Building and Loans and tells George, they try retracing his steps and in the end George goes to see Potter for a loan but he refuses and George relies his is worth more dead than alive and after having a drink and a scuffle with the husband of a woman he had an argument over the phone with earlier in the evening he drives and crashes his car and finds himself on a bridge and considers jumping when Clarence (an Angel that hasn’t got his wings) gets sent down and falls into the river and George jumps in to save him. When they’re both recovered and are drying off Clarence tells George he is his guardian angle and jumped in to stop George from jumping in and committing suicide and during  them chatting George says he wishes he had never been born and Clarence grants this wish and shows George what life will be like if he had never been born, they go through the town which is now full on casino’s and names Pottersville as Potter closed down the Building and Loan place as no-one took over after George’s father death, he goes into a Bar which is now owned by someone else and he bumps into Mr Gower who doesn’t recognise him (as they’ve never met) and he had just been released from Prison after serving time for manslaughter as George hadn’t stopped him from giving poison to his customer, George makes his way home and finds his mother now runs a boarding house and again never heard of him and he walks down to what was Bailey Park and is now just the cemetery and he finds him brothers grave as George wasn’t there to save him and the soldiers that Harry (George’s brother) saved during the war all die as he wasn’t there to save them. George then asks Clarence where Mary is, Clarence says she never married and is now working at the library, George rushes to the Library and when chases after Mary, she screams and calls for the police, George is then chased by the local policeman and makes it back to the bridge where it all started and shouts to Clarence that he wants to live and go back to his life and the timeline reverts back. Bert (the local policeman) spots George on the bridge and calls to him and tells him he’s bleeding, George then relies that he is back and rushes home to Mary where Mary is not there but the Bank people are awaiting for him, Mary and Uncle Billy then come in with all of the Building and Loan customers and they donate more than the missing £8000 and the Potter’s warrant for George’s arrest is torn up, Harry then arrives and toasts George and whilst holding one of his daughters the Bell on the Christmas Tree rings and she days that every time a bell rings an Angel gets his wing and in amongst the money is the book Clarence had been holding with a message thanking him for his wings.

I was surprised how good this film actually is when I first watched it and can see why it is very popular, the message within the film is very good and it can be surprising how you life has a domino effect so something you do can have an effect many years later somewhere you’ve never been and with people you’ve never met. Watching in Black & White actually enhances the viewing of the film, not that the colour version takes anything away I just think the Black & White version just enhances the emotions in the film. At 130 Minutes long it is a long film and only the last 30 minutes brings the message but the whole film is relevant and it doesn’t drag. James and Donna play their parts outstanding and I believe both would hold their own in the modern film industry but I do like the acting in these old films.

This is a film that everyone should watch young or old, I am surprised that it’s not shown on mainstream TV much though have noticed it being on Sky Movies more recently.

If I had to mark this this is a 9/10 or even a 10/10 film as I don’t think you will find much wrong with this or any film that’s better than this especially for the period it was made. As mentioned before the female actress of the time are remarkably beautiful.