A movie review written by Lee Sonogan
1hr56mins (1997) Comedy, drama
I find it sad that so many people are so narrow-minded that they will not watch a movie that is black and white or, in this case, is subtitled. I feel sorry for people who refuse to watch a movie like Life Is Beautiful just because it is a foreign film. They have no idea what a beautifully acted and directed film this is, and they’ll never know what an amazing experience they are missing. – Anonymous_Maxine (IMDB – 10/10)
Films about World War 2 have been made since when it ended. Other than another cliche, the blend of serious and wholesomeness makes Life Is Beautiful stands out from the rest. Watching back in high, this unexpected gem has been launched into my memory where only now it shall be talked about in greater detail. I understand why it is still so high in lists regarding the best of all time!
IMDB describes the story of this movie as (When an open-minded 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.) The fable covers a dark time but presented in a more fun approach with the father character thinking on his toes to not lose his son’s innocents in current events. Performance acting is spot-on while each scene contains a lot of empathising meaning.
Also implementing Italian styled cinematography was a nice touch. The family narrative is very sympathizing and a tragedy, which is awesome when mixed with dark humour. Taking something potential disturbed and depressive and delivering on minimal lighter sides is a skill in itself. Overall, if you enjoy war-related movies than I highly recommend this classic.