Bill C’s Review – 4 out of 5
Life Itself is a great biographical documentary about film critic Roger Ebert. The movie spans his entire life including a significant amount of filming during Ebert’s final weeks as he finally succumbed to cancer.
The film is a moving tribute and shows Ebert, warts and all, from his days breaking into newspapers while still a teenager, his ascension as a critic while battling alcoholism, a nuanced view of his pairing with fellow critic Gene Siskel, finding his soul mate later in life, and finally his brave and very open battle with cancer.
The film is directed by Steve James, who is most famous for Hoop Dreams. It’s a very emotional movie movie with a lot of humor as well. Some people might find parts of this movie tough to watch due to the toll that his illness took on him and the physical problems that he faced, but this is a film well worth seeing.