Ben’s review published on Letterboxd:
Life is Beautiful is the funniest Holocaust movie I’ve seen...which is an odd statement to make but it’s true. The first half of the film develops a great love story and builds our investment into Guido’s character. The second half is when things get dark but still maintains its intimate and innocent tone. While this film takes place during the Holocaust, the setting is just a backdrop for the real theme: a father’s love for his child. Guido will do anything to protect his son, Joshua. Despite its dark subject matter, the story itself is very optimistic and hopeful. Out of every movie I’ve seen that takes place during this awful event, this one had the most impact. The mix of comedy, undying love and insurmountable odds makes this an unforgettable film.