Sergio Bini Bustric

Sergio Bini Bustric

Sergio Bini Bustric Quick Links

Film RSS

Life Is Beautiful Review


Excellent
I've been putting off this review for a long time. I saw it at Waterworks Cinemas in Pittsburgh about three weeks ago and haven't gotten around to reviewing it until now: three days after it won several academy awards. Why? Like with Saving Private Ryan, I have an incredible difficulty having my words do justice to this film.Life is Beautiful centers around Guido (Roberto Benigni), a Jewish waiter. The first half, a hilarious and uplifting story, concerns his wooing of Dora (Nicoltette Bruschi, real-life wife of Benigni), an upper-class girl engaged to a man she does not love. The second half, both terribly sad and terribly joyous, concerns Guido's, Dora's, and their son Joshua's internment at a death camp during WWII, during which Joshua is told by his father that "it is all a game" in order to emotionally shield him from the holocaust.In the opening of the movie, Benigni lets his comedic talents shine: the first scene seems directly derived from the classic comic bit about the brakes of a car failing, with a twist put in. As the car speeds through a village expecting the king and as Benigni tries to wave people out of the way, they wave back, mistaking him for their ruler. Very quickly the actual plot appears, when Dora and Guido meet while they are fixing the car's brakes at a farm. Dora has been stung by a wasp on the leg and Guido gallantly offers to suck the poison out.Watching these first scenes, you almost forget that the film's plot concerns the holocaust. Schindler's List bombarded you from frame one with harsh imagery, giving you a generally depressed feeling about it, but Life is Beautiful opts to take a comedic approach (no small effort) and makes you feel good instead. I would think that approach number two is the better one (not to call judgment on a better film), for Schindler's List drowns you in pessimism until the end, where as Life is Beautiful gives you a fair mix of optimism and realistic pessimism.The first half showcases brilliant screenwriting as each joke is more well-placed than the last, and often just as funny. Benigni is willing to do kid's humor of broken eggs in a hat, the adult humor of sucking the wasp' s venom out, and the tongue-in-cheek humor that dots Benigni's conversations with his uncle (Giustino Durano). Benigni and Bruschi draw on past collaboration with The Monster and Johnny Toothpick in order to create a near-perfect bond between the two.When the film hits phase two it seems to take an abrupt turn to the serious: the third scene you are greeted with has Joshua asking his father why a sign says "No Jews or Dogs". Even then, Guido tries to shield his son from the world around him by telling him that they just don't want Jews in their shop or Dogs in their shop, promising to place a sign in his shop tomorrow that says: "No Spiders or Visigoths."The next day, Guido and Joshua are shipped off to the concentration camp. Dora, unwilling to leave her husband, demands to be put on the train with them. Even inside of the camp, Guido is unwilling to inform his son that anything bad is happening. He tells him instead that the camp is part of an elaborate game. The object is to get a thousand points and the winner gets a real tank.Life is Beautiful is a strange contrast to the pessimism often seen in movies. For one, you love the characters so much that you want everything good for them, despite the circumstances. For two, you are given a positive message to leave with instead of a negative one. For three, the movie has the ability to make you laugh, smile, and cry, both from tears of joy and grief. Make sure you see it. If you can't watch it in theatres, then rent it when it comes out, but see it. See it because, as the movie will tell you, life truly is beautiful.Aka La Vita E Bella.
Sergio Bini Bustric

Sergio Bini Bustric Quick Links

Film RSS
Advertisement

Suggested

Nicki Minaj - Good Form ft. Lil Wayne Video

Nicki Minaj - Good Form ft. Lil Wayne Video

In her latest collaboration with Cash Money's Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj finally unveils the video for her 'Queen' single 'Good Form'.

Reef - Dreamland, Margate 23.11.2018 Live Review

Reef - Dreamland, Margate 23.11.2018 Live Review

In the Hall By The Sea at Dreamland, Reef brought their Revelation tour to life as they delivered one of the best live sets I've had the privilege to...

Sharon Van Etten - Jupiter 4 Video

Sharon Van Etten - Jupiter 4 Video

Sharon Van Etten unveils an ominous black and white video directed by Katherine Dieckmann for her latest song 'Jupiter 4'.

Crooked Man - Crooked House Album Review

Crooked Man - Crooked House Album Review

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, Crooked Man treats us to a fabulous slice of sun-soaked House, Disco and Electro.

Advertisement
The 1975 - Sincerity Is Scary Video

The 1975 - Sincerity Is Scary Video

The 1975's third studio album 'A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships' is imminent, with another album ('Notes on a Conditional Form') already...

American Authors - Say Amen ft. Billy Raffoul Video

American Authors - Say Amen ft. Billy Raffoul Video

This New York quartet have teamed alongside Canadian rocker Billy Raffoul for their new tune 'Say Amen'. It's their second official single of the...

Breaking the music industry: Regiment tells us about the highs and lows of making music

Breaking the music industry: Regiment tells us about the highs and lows of making music

Tristan Corrigan on the difficulties of making music within a genre that is so popular.

Mid-Week Playlist: 15 Happy Tunes To Get You Through Work

Mid-Week Playlist: 15 Happy Tunes To Get You Through Work

From 'Happy' to 'Banana Pancakes', these are soaked in positivity.

Advertisement

Sergio Bini Bustric Movies

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.