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What Benigni was able to do so improbably in a World War II concentration camp in his masterpiece Life Is Beautiful - find comedy - he is utterly unable to do in the shock-and-awed streets of Baghdad in the early days of Gulf War II.
Benigni is floundering here, and it only gets worse as the film goes along. There's no real sense of any danger, no real identification with any of the characters. No laughs, which is what you need in a comedy.
Perhaps a greater passage of time was needed to provide a more effective historical perspective, but Tiger has a bigger problem with a dramatic structure that sags conspicuously in the middle, never to completely correct itself.
It's mostly Benigni jumping around and waving his hands like he always does.When the occasional sobering tragedy strikes, it has little impact because the groundwork for it has not been properly prepared.
This film, one of the worst of 2006, almost has to be seen to be believed -- a comedy about a man who goes to Iraq, and, amid a string of comic misadventures, tries to save the life of his love, who has been gravely wounded in a bombing.
Benigni can't even be bothered to get the chronology or the details of the American occupation right, and his keen visual sense isn't enough to save him: Benigni's artfully composed images are as empty as his political convictions.