A boy finds himself castaway on a lifeboat with a wild Bengal tiger after losing his family to a ship wreck in Ang Lee's screen adaptation of Yann Martel's popular novel. Visually rapturous, but also artificial and distancing. Not unlike CLOUD ATLAS, the film is a warm, spiritual valentine that unfortunately holds itself at arm's length in its quest for visual beauty. Irrfan Khan is a highlight.
I don't read reviews before watching films to avoid bias, but by word of mouth i heard some criticisms over this regarding the pushing a religious message wackamola.
I'm not religious (consider myself agnostic), but feel it's a bit petty to discredit the worth of a ficticious story as art based on personal (dis)beliefs.
Visually stunning, entertaining. Recommend 3D,
Would be 5 if not for the end explaining. 4.5