Life Is Beautiful ★★★½

The Good: Nice photography. Great musical score. Charming, but...

The Bad: ...It ends up suffering from an overdose of whimsy (and I love whimsy). Contrived as hell. Totally unrealistic.

The Bottom Line: Life is Beautiful could've been something special, but writer-director-actor Benigni overdoes almost everything, the viewer goes from being enchanted to feeling indifferent.