2am- just finished watching Life is beautiful with my housemate. This is my first movie in quite a while. For the past month, I hadn’t been watching any movie though I’ve made a long list of war movies to watch. Finally settled down with my house to watch today.
Life Is Beautiful is a story about a father’s sacrifice in a Nazi concentration camp. This story is set in Italy, in World War II— I didn’t know it was a foreign language film! Italian sounded so beautiful…there’s a thing about foreign language films that really get to me.
Anyway, this is a very good movie and I highly recommend it. In just 1 hour and 56 minutes, this film has captured my heart and did a great job of telling a tale in such a short time. I was surprised because the Holocaust is a especially dark and complicated context to base a film on, yet Life Is Beautiful could tie it in with COMEDY, and still tie it in so nicely. Something different, and they managed to make the film deeply harrowing amidst the jokes and quirky side of the film. One of my favourite parts is that it gives me room to imagine and think about what Guido is actually feeling under the surface, under his jokes and him putting up a comical and brave front for his son.
I guess they named it “Life Is Beautiful” because they wanted to portray the bright side of the Holocaust, and although certain negative critics stated that happiness and Holocause don’t go together, it is definitely interesting to present war from this angle. It is not easy because World War II is always seen for what it is—sad, depressing, and cruel. When you look at it from this angle, I can understand why some people don’t like how this movie portrays war as child’s play.
Nonetheless, it was truly a beautiful tale. By the end of the film, my housemate was super emotional. The last scene- Giosuè screaming “we won!” “we won, we won!” brought tears to our eyes—we knew their victory comes with a great sacrifice.