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Of course, I had my doubts when I heard this film described as "a comedy about being in a World War II concentration camp". "Comedy" and "concentration camp" sounded like mutually exclusive phrases to me. As it turned out, I was absolutely right.
Guido, a Jewish waiter, and his family are sent to a concentration camp during World War II. He explains the situation as a game to his young son, Joshua. Using his quick wit and silly personality, Guido makes light of everything - even some enormously bad situations. His antics sometimes endanger his life - and his son's - but in the end, they save Joshua's life. However, Guido is killed.
Life is Beautiful was well acted, but I expected to have at least one scene where Guido takes something seriously, and he never does. Life is Beautiful might have been better if it was done as a strictly serious film. I didn't find this film very laughable, and the failed attempts at humor were really misplaced. Also, it started slowly, and the first forty-five minutes of the film could easily have been eliminated.