Life Is Beautiful (1997)
A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While locked up he tries to convince his son that the whole thing is just a game.
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Like the great film, it's made with a great deal of visible affection both in front of and behind the camera.
I didn’t really have many expectations going into the movie (good or bad), but I actually really enjoyed it. I really liked the characters and the banter between them.
There is everything in this absolutely stunning piece of art, for real...War/History, Music, Drama, Romance, Horror, Comedy... Inspired by Rubino Salmoni's experience, this is for me, undoubtedly, the best movie ever made told with the backdrop of WWII. When you watch "Life is Beautiful" for the first time you might wonder if those weren't one of the most beautiful 116 minutes of your entire life. Then, every other time you watch it you pay attention to something you hadn't noticed before, some little but precious detail. The more I shearch about it the more I fall in love with which is already the movie of my life! It seems like each scene was perfectly studied to make us want to be more like the main character. Unique Guido Orefice loves and protects his family with all of his heart, and amazes everybody with his kindness, optimism, courage and intellect. No one could be better to play this enormous role than the director and co-writer of the movie himself, not only Italy's, as he is called in the trailer, but World's "treasure", Roberto Benigni. I could watch it a hundred times more and watch a lot of other very powerful movies, "Life is beautiful" will always be this infinitely special MASTERPIECE to me... This movie taught me that we are the ones who can give our lives a special meaning, also that the beauty of life hides in the little things and of course that "la vita è bella"!
The first act has the sweetness of disney movies, except it didn't reach the same level of charm of disney movies due to the overly clumsy dialogue, and the fact that the first act is very long. But I didn't mind that, or rather this isn't my main issue which is the second act and most of the third act are way more serious, because this is when the tone of the movie changed to be dark comedy, and that, of course, made the movie inconsistent in tone. Nevertheless, the movie became way more powerful as a dark comedy, and allows Benigni's clever and deft direction, and Oscar-winning performance, to shine even more. This is when the movie tug at my heartstrings, and became very devastating till its end that is as sweet as a disney movie as it is wrenching as a usual holocaust movie. Even the dialogue became more smart and touching. And let's not forget the beautiful cinematography, and Nicola Piovani Oscar-winning score.(8.5/10)
When a Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. Life is Beautiful has Benigni doing his usual things both in front and behind the camera and unfortunately his humor is quite dated. (4/10)
It was the best movie I've seen in a long time. Roberto Benigni is an incredible player.