Life Is Beautiful ★★★★½

Though the film is very fantastical a lot of the time, its emotional resonance and spirit shine through like a million suns. It's very bittersweet and tragic given the setting, but Guido makes for an immensely admirable soul that captures what I believe life is all about. Even in the face of tragedy and horror, positivity, optimism and love are some of the most powerful feelings people can have. Much of the second half is where the film is at its poignant yet beautiful best, but everything preceding that is still fun to watch due to Roberto Benigni's radiant lovable energy, and it does a great job establishing the character and setting things up for later.

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