Life Is Beautiful ★★★½

Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful is a charming yet sad film about a man who will do anything for love and his family.

Benigni also stars playing Guido, a man whose comedic antics charms his way into the heart of Dora played by Nicoletta Braschi. The first half of the film is full of charm and heart. The second half is a little darker. Guido and his young son are rounded up to be taken to a Nazi concentration camp. Dora who is not on the list volunteers to go so she's with her family. Despite the serious circumstances Guido uses the same charm and wit he used to capture Dora's heart to protect his son.

The film keeps a pretty lighthearted feel throughout even when things seem dire. It's an excellent portrayal of a father's love and willingness to do anything to protect his child. Benigni's performance is funny and very touching. I didn't love it, but it was a pleasant film that held my interest and made me smile.

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