Life Is Beautiful / 40 Days & 40 Nights / The Conversation Multi-Review
The folks out at Lions Gate sent out another three choice titles for us to review, and as such, we’re going to catch up with a set of three from them: Life Is Beautiful, 40 Days and 40 Nights, and The Conversation.
Life Is Beautiful sets out as anything but, with a Jewish waiter in Italy named Guido, whose imaginative nature lets him pursue and win the heart of a local school teacher. The two marry and have a son, but that doesn’t last long. See, they got married somewhere around 1937. History buffs will know what happens next. But Guido’s imagination is about to make something of a difference, even while father and son alike are in the middle of a concentration camp.
See, the thing about Life Is Beautiful is that it’s actually super duper depressing. Some will find a stark beauty here, much in the same way that a field of snow does, but the beauty is cold and sorrowful at best. And considering that most regular people watch movies to be entertained, this one’s not going to be for most people. The question here is whether or not you’ll have sufficient tolerance for the sheer depressing nature of a waiter and his son living in the same concentration camp to see the up side of it, such as it is.
40 Days and 40 Nights, our next title, follows a young man who’s just had a major breakup with his former girlfriend just ahead of the pre-Easter time known as Lent. In the midst of Lent, some people give things up for the interval, and in our young man’s case, he’s given up sex. All sex. But when he meets someone who seems pretty special in the interval, his forty days and nights are about to seem a whole lot longer than he expected, maybe a bit too long.
This is your typical romantic comedy right here, with a few good laughs tossed into an unlikely storyline for variety. Basically, if you’re not into romantic comedies, there’s not going to really be anything here that’s going to change your mind. But the up shot here is that, should you decide to carry on with this one, you’ll likely be happy here as it sticks to most of the conventions and won’t do anything terribly tragic to throw you off.
Lastly, we’ve got The Conversation, a Francis Ford Coppola thriller that sends a security professional out on what should be a basic wiretapping job. But his surveillance quickly picks up something it shouldn’t have, and the implications of his find are going to be downright profound. So profound, in fact, that his acquisition of said unexpected surveillance is going to put him right in the middle of a conspiracy much bigger than any he’d imagined previously.
This one is some pretty good stuff, actually. Slower in some spots than others, but with a certain menace that’s downright hard to shake. It’s pretty good stuff, especially if you watched the last two and want something to shake the boredom and depression out.
So there you have it, another sweet slate of pieces thanks to the folks at Lions Gate!