Written September 25, 2016
The film in general is amazing, great cinematography. The 3-D animation added a great deal to this movie, made it feel like you're actually in the middle of the sea with these two character (Pi) and his "trust-me-trust-me-not" beautiful orange tabby kitty kat.
A family movie night at the most. This movie teaches us (and the young ones) to have perseverance in life.
Written March 27, 2017
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 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 March 30, 2017
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 August 27, 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.