I haven’t seen this classic, five star film in decades and thoroughly enjoyed seeing it again. “A man is never a failure if he has friends,” is an interesting moral. He may never have gotten off and done all the grand things he imagined, but he fulfilled his responsibilities and made a difference to lots of people right where he was. That counts for a lot.
I think the message is a product of its time; I think we generally write the story the other way around these days. It is also thought provoking to think of how the world would have been worse off if you were not born, and helps you be grateful for right where you find yourself. If you haven’t seen this lately, I recommend it!