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.