The word that comes to mind is charming. You probably won't laugh out loud or cry but you will have a smile on your face. I don't think that by today's standards everything is wrapped up nicely (with every bad act made up for and every relationship mended), but let it go and just enjoy. Gleason's performance is marvelous, expressing so much without making a single sound. The music keeps things moving along (it got an Oscar nomination). The closest thing to it I can think of is the first half of Life is Beautiful.
I'm sure Gleason would have been nominated in any other year, but 1962 had perhaps the greatest competition for Best Actor of any year ever:
- Gregory Peck won for To Kill a Mockingbird
- Burt Lancaster for Birdman of Alcatraz
- Jack Lemmon for Days of Wine and Roses
- Peter O'Toole for Lawrence of Arabia
- Marcello Mastroianni for Divorce - Italian Style
So if you manage to come across Gigot on cable, watch it, you won't be disappointed.