Life is Beautiful (1998) (mini-review++)

life_beautiful_ks_06_000008_lg.jpg(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 7

directing 7

effects 6

editing 7

writing 6


3 out of 5 🐙


I keep writing this statement or some version of it. So I’m going to write a statement and just copy and paste it every time it applies. I really cannot handle watching movies about the holocaust or slavery anymore. I get that they are important but I just can’t do it anymore. I mention this because it obviously indicates bias on my part. That aside, I’m not a fan of Roberto Benigni’s comic style. I understand the heart behind the film and I appreciate it but it just didn’t work for me. And I get that it’s not supposed to make me laugh in the traditional sense but I just got no joy from it. It was a silly, unsatisfying farce. I tried to be objective with my silly scoring system but I get that my bias snuck in some.







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)


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