New Year, New You? If you are a normal individual who falls under this so-cliche new year resolution, we would be sort of disappointed, but the fact that you are reading this blog makes you everything but normal, so we would like to believe that you are not that naive. If you have been a recurrent passenger of our journey, we hope that by now, you understand that the best possible day is today; that all lights will never be green, not at the beginning, during, or at the end of a year. Even when the majority of the population falls under this theory, due to its seductive, exciting and motivational vibe, you really don’t new year to start living a magnificent life; you just need the determination to do so.
But who are we to judge? If you are one of those individuals, we give you a warm welcome, and in fact, we would like to dedicate this new section of the blog in your honor. We celebrate any person who has the motivation to make a positive change and improvement in their lives. So here it goes, every Friday we would do a movie review of any possible movie that we believe will have an impact in your life, any movie that will give you a lesson, motivates you, make you take action, and sometimes even make you sad, or laugh your ass off.
We would like to start with a classic; a movie that is not only magnificent but in our humble opinion, a genuine masterpiece in every way you look at like (3 Oscar’s can not be wrong right?).
La Vita É Bella (Life Is Beautiful) is a film that develops around WWII when fascism was out of control. Despite the awful atmosphere and chaos around them, Guido and Dora fall madly in love, get married, and have a beautiful kid: Josue. Things are not all fun and games for them, due to Guido Jewish heritage, he and his son get sent to a concentration camp. In a desperate attempt to be with her family, even when she is not Jewish, Dora insist in leaving with them, without knowing that men’s and women’s were separated as soon as they get to the camp. The most impacting and majestic part of this film is the relation between Guido and his son Josue. Guido never tells his son what is going on; he wants his kid to remain as pure and innocent as he was before getting there. Guido convinces his son that they are playing a game, where the only goal is to score 1000 points to win a tank. Like any game, Guido set the rules to his son; he would state that every time he cried, ask for food, or claim to see his mother, he would automatically lose points. To score points in the other hand, he would have to hide from guards, who have as the ultimate purpose to take his points. Like any child in a playground, Josue wanted to play with other kids, so he asked his dad why was he the only one there? Even when the cruel reality was that kids were being assassinated in gas chambers, Guido claims to his son that they were hiding to get more points. Josue had fun for a few days, but he told his dad he was ready to go back home with his mother and have their regular lives back; Guido claim that they were leading the board and incredibly close to winning the tank; a tank that they would use to go on adventures and have unlimited amounts of amazing memories. Because not all stories have a happy ending, one night chaos takes over the camp. Guido tells his son he must remain hidden while he goes and looks for his mother since they are about to win the game. Sadly, Guido is shot and doesn’t get to make it to Nora. The following day, Josue leaves his hiding place and surprisingly encounter a tank in front of him; the so desired prize, which is truly the Americans finally liberating the camp. He finally meets with his mother and goes back to their regular life, but without a vital part missing.
Even when this movie may seem absolutely strange and not very appealing, I personally look at it same way I look to an ugly oyster with a gorgeous pearl inside. The movie not only portraits a crude but true history but a gorgeous message behind. Guido was absolutely aware of his reality, but he did not let his situation affect his son, in fact, he even took advantage of it. He knew there was nothing he could do to change what was going on, but he was also aware that he was a hundred percent responsible for his emotions and the way he reacted. He didn’t let this affect him of his son; he turned a tragedy into an adventure, tears into laughs and hopeless emotions into excitement. The reason behind this? He had a why: his son. He had a purpose to fight for, a constant reminder that it was not acceptable to give up.
How It Made Me Better
I even feel this sounds stupid and partially redundant, but the lesson behind this movie is clear; turn shitty situations into opportunities, and don’t sit back and complain about it. It doesn’t matter what you are going through; you are definitely not in a concentration camp trying to keep your son alive, so suck it up. The attitude you have in a bad situation, can turn any misfortune in the best time of your life.
“Nothing is more necessary than the unnecessary”
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