3D is frequently written-off by cinephiles as a simple gimmick without granting it serious consideration, not unlike a crowd pleaser ending, or the way criticism of artistic work often disregards anything that involves religion for "lying" to people.
So... what if the whole "God is a better story" is just an analogy in defense of 3D and its use in visually unfolding the ideas and story of a film?
Pretty, certainly. The film's smug self-righteousness gets really choking toward the end, as the "Everything Tastes Better With God" message gets rammed home in a particularly ham-fisted way. I'd thought better of Ang Lee.
As a skeptic of Ang Lee and heavy use of computer generated imagery (not to mention any film hailed as the next Avatar), I was pleasantly surprised with this film. Although the outcome felt rather sugar-coated with no shades of grey, it was definitely a moving story about the power of story (and in a deeper sense, the merit of spirituality). The shipwreck scene was a particular treat - so intense!
As of now it's my film of the year. Ang Lee gives us another masterpiece that is unlike any of his previous work or any other film I can think of. The use of 3D is by far the best I've ever seen. Ang Lee does an amazing feat for cinema itself by turning 3D into a artistic tool for the filmmaker and not just a gimmick for higher ticket prices. Bests Avatar in every conceivable way. I'm thoroughly in love with this one
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.
Gorgeous cinematography and the story is endearing but I feel that the intended power and message of the deep themes of faith and the lift of human spirit that gets rammed in the film failed to drew anything within a deeper level or beyond the surface.
Incredibly impressive adaptation of one of my favourite books. The effects here are the best I've ever seen and the 3D experience was breathtaking. It has only a couple of moments of cheese but as a whole is a vivid, imaginative and deeply enjoyable experience. 4 stars