January 31, 2013
There is much to love in this movie -- fantastic acting, breathtaking cinematography and stunning CGI, an engrossing story. There is also much discussion of finding God and of religion itself, but at the same time the film is filled with suffering, sadness, loss, and constant exposure to the "rule of tooth and fang." The film slowly advanced into a mix of realism and surrealism, leaving me to wonder what is real and what is not, and then left me wondering -- as the writer and directly clearly intended -- which interpretation I preferred. In the end, though, I found I preferred neither, because both left me depressed and what I had seen, about life, about religion, and the concept of God. This film was spectacular to watch (I saw it in 3D but the 3D didn't add much, in my humble opinion) but unsatisfying and surprisingly depressing.
PS: Definitely not for young children.
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