November 23, 2012
Very good, but wouldn't call it excellent.
Overall, I thought it was a very good movie, but I also feel I would have liked it a lot better if I hadn't read the book. So if you haven't read it, absolutely go see this film. If you have, I still recommend it, but not as highly. The acting was superb and the visual effects were simply stunning. There were times I had a hard time distinguishing CG from reality. And, for the most part, they did a good job of converting the book into a movie, which is always tricky. While I didn't like some of the changes about Pi's life in India, I could understand the purpose, and they handled it reasonably well. But the changes to the story on the lifeboat really bothered me. Some of the most dramatic scenes in the book were changed/removed to make room for dramatic scenes that didn't happen. More importantly, it drastically changed Pi's relationship with Richard Parker, making the story more heartwarming and less realistic. To me, the realism is what made the book so utterly compelling. 4/5 stars.
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