Roberto Benigni



Life Is Beautiful
Review written by: Alex Sandell

What's the story?

Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni) finds his angel, marries her, has a child, and is sent, with his entire family (his wife volunteers to go), to a concentration camp during World War II. Determined to shelter his boy from the horrors of what is actually happening, Guido convinces him that the whole thing is a game. As you can imagine, this doesn't prove to be an easy task.

So how is it? (Get to the point, already)

Hilarious. Heartbreaking. Hopeful. Imaginative. This is the 1998 "Best Picture" nominee that actually deserves to win "Best Picture". The plot (trying to make a comedy out of such a tragedy, without making light of the tragedy) would fall apart in nearly anyone's hands. Roberto Benigni not only pulls it off, he makes it believable, and, most amazingly, fun.

This is one of those movies that actually makes you feel good to be alive. Of course the feeling rubs off a few minutes later when you get pulled over for speeding in front of a McDonald's, but hey, at least it was there for 2 hours.

I don't want to spoil this movie by giving too much away. I just want to remind everyone of what a cynic I am, and tell you all that when I left the theater, life actually did feel beautiful. If that doesn't get you into the theater, nothing will. (Well, maybe a sexy date and bottle of hot chicken grease.)

What does it make you feel like eating?

The script, in hopes that someday I can come up with an idea that's this good.

What are you selling us here???

There's no product placement in this film. This is a film that was made for the sake of making a film, not to sell some lame-ass toys at "Kentucky Fried Chicken".

If it won an Oscar, what would it be?

"Best Foreign Film, Because The Academy Won't Have The Nerve To Give It Best Picture" - "Life is Beautiful"

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