It’s a Wonderful Life: Enduring Against Discontentment

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It’s a Wonderful Life – Enduring Against Discontentment

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Melvin and Stephen discuss not just one of Stephen’s favorite movies but his absolute favorite movie, It’s a Wonderful Life!


  • (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 27-minutes celebrating the holiday season, from busy shopping to exciting gift giving, and everything in between (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)
  • Summarizing It’s a Wonderful Life because most summaries just summarize the last 20-minutes of the movie.
  • Melvin, “[It’s a Wonderful Life is] a very good depiction of a conflicted man.”
  • It’s a Wonderful Life is Stephen’s favorite movie, period. When he first watched it, he felt it depicted God in a way that he yearned for in film.
  • Melvin ponders how we transform movies into something more when we recognize they’re our favorites.
  • What Melvin enjoyed about the movie was how it depicted the unique positives to community cohesiveness, including how that social construct is developed often through one man’s kindness.
  • A brief meditation on how It’s a Wonderful Life has been misrepresentative of Christianity and God, including the cultural, spiritual belief that people have specific guardian angels.
  • Discussing what we think keeps this movie in the public conscience. Stephen thinks it’s the film’s benevolence. Melvin thinks it’s the depiction of a conflicted everyman.
  • It’s a Wonderful Life is very grounded, and the addition of the fantastical is almost a wish-fulfillment version of very realistic wants we often have in real life.
  • In It’s a Wonderful Life there’s an evil man who enjoys being evil and a conflicted man who sees it costs something to do good.


James Stewart and Donna Reed in Its a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life is Rated PG for thematic elements, smoking and some violence. It features James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, and Beulah Bondi. Directed by Frank Capra. It’s a Wonderful Life is available on VUDU.

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Melvin Benson Cinematic Doctrine Christian Movie Podcast Host

Melvin Benson is the Founder, Editor-In-Chief, and Lead Host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!

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