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
Visually, it's one of the greatest achievements of the past few years. But unfortunately the film is bogged down by the absolutely terrible framing device. There are shots of enormous beauty (Pi looking at the sinking ship underwater is especially breathtaking), but the script exposits its themes too blatantly. We can handle a visual metaphor without having to have it bashed over our heads with ponderous dialogue.
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.