Written May 29, 2016
Also some preverbal life contemplation thrown in. The 3D effects are second to none and raise the bar for subsequent movies. Makes you really consider if such a situation could occur. .
Written January 26, 2015
Overall: I rank this movie #2 behind his previous "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon". It is not as well balanced as the latter.
3D: Helps to maximize the visual impact & poetic feel -- just outstanding!
Part 1 (before ship wreck): Storyline is most intrigue, with introduction of Pi's personality & believes.
Part 2 (after ship wreck): Unfortunately, the visual has taken over the storyline. It gets boring after a while. My companion had yawned more than a few times. Ang Lee had forgotten to keep up with developing or exemplifying Pi's character from Part 1.
Part 3 (after rescue): The flip-flop ending that touches some philosophical points would have been more palatable if Pi's character & believes are more fully developed before this part.
Movie's take home message: none too clearly or ambiguous at best. Is it about relation between nature & human? Or about survival of human & animal? Or about unbelievable vs. believable?
Written May 06, 2016
Not what I expected from the trailers. Started out a little slow, but once it got going, it was quite good. Special effects in 3D were awesome. Well worth the trip to the theater. The animal attacks may prove troublesome for younger viewers.
Written August 28, 2015
This movie was a treat. Cinematic. Touching. The primary actor playing Pi was phenomenal. If you want to see a movie that will make you FEEL something, and that has something to say about the human experience, this is for you. If you're only interested in mind-numbing blockbusters (not that there's anything wrong with that; I like those too) you may want to stay away. Ang Lee has created a masterpiece here IMO.
Written June 30, 2016
Life of Pi in 3D is an amazing experience.
The story is engrossing, based on the novel of the same name, but the computer graphics is done so well, you think the protagonist is actually sharing a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.
I strongly recommend seeing this movie, if, for no other reason, for the visual experience.
In addition, seeing the world from the point of view of an engaging Indian teenager is worth it in its own right.
I thought at first that the religious themes would turn me off, but the religion is an integral part of Pi's character, and it is interesting to see the world through his eyes, even if I don't see it that way myself.