Movie Title: Life is Beautiful
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. 56 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie
Where did I watch it?: Home
Life is Beautiful is a movie that causes some seriously conflicting feelings for me. Guido (Roberto Benigni) is taken away from his family with his young son Giosue. During this time, Guido convinces Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini) that Auschwitz is actually a game and if he is very good at the game he will win a tank at the end of their time at the camp. It is a comedy set during the holocaust. That sounds like it would obviously be terrible, but it is also a very heartfelt movie. Guido goes to great lengths to protect his son from the horrors of the camp.
The movie begins with a love story. Guido woos the lovely Dora (Nicoletta Braschi) as he runs into her in serendipitous moment after serendipitous moment. There is a lot of slap stick humor involved between Guido, a Nazi doctor staying at the hotel he works at, and Dora’s fiancee Rodolfo. That slapstick comedy does not fade as the story transitions to a concentration camp. There are elements of magical realism and also elements of divinity in the love story and their time in the camp.
The love story is beautiful, but the concentration camp is too lighthearted. It also strains the ability to disbelieve. I’m also not sure how I feel about the message that you can always look on the bright side of life. It’s funny in Life of Brian, but having that message about a genocide is not something that I can get behind. It borders on trivializing the holocaust. At the same time, the protagonist gets his son through the holocaust in the sweetest possible way.
It is a movie I found to be very conflicting, but I would recommend giving it a look for yourself. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Deadpool 2 (2018)
Movie Title: Deadpool 2
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 59 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie, Scott, and Sarah
Where did I watch it?: Regal Stadium 12 – Swansea, MA
Deadpool 2 builds on the success of Deadpool in the best possible ways. The sequel adds tragedy from the very beginning. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) spends the rest of the movie trying to overcome that initial loss. He meets another character overcoming the loss of his family. Cable (Josh Brolin) travels back in time to kill the man who murdered his family. But, it isn’t all that simple.
Wilson’s loss helps to spur on the problem. He faces off against Cable head to head, but ultimately the two have to put aside their differences in order to prevent further tragedy. The assembly of characters in the story are highly entertaining as Wilson puts out a casting call that nets him a group of heroes to work with him. The formation of X-Force is a compelling subplot for a potential sequel.
The comedy and cameos are also on point. It isn’t as funny as the first one, but at times it is more poignant. Deadpool was front ended with comedy that tapered off late in the movie whereas Deadpool 2 is back ended. It is also features cameos from Matt Damon, Alan Tudyk, and Brad Pitt that are pretty good.
It takes the model built by the original and builds on its solid foundation. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)