March 10, 2013
The film was great. I have not read the book, but I am now so inclined.
Reading some of the other reviews frustrated me--some Americans are enamored by the visual affects that computer graphics have wrought; some Americans are so literal they no longer recognize allegory. To the individual who thought this movie was preaching religion, you are probably one of the most literal in your interpretations of narratives.
This movie was about a sensitive boy, who grew into a sensitive, intelligent man after enduring a horrible tragedy. He was a seeker--not particularly beholden to any religion, but needing in his soul a reason for why we are, where we are and who we are.
By looking the tiger in the eyes, and learning to communicate around its primal urges, he discovered the beast we all have within us that must be tamed. TIme and time again humans have failed to recognize how to channel their primal natures. Wars, holocausts, genocides, darkness are often the result.
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