Yann Martel's ponderous adventure novel gets the big-screen treatment with this Fox 2000 adaptation helmed by director Ang Lee. The coming-of-age story surrounds the son of a zookeeper who survives a shipwreck by stowing away on a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a Bengal tiger by the name of Richard Parker. Suraj Sharma heads up the cast as the young boy, with Gérard Depardieu, Adil Hussain, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, and Bollywood actress Tabu also starring. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
This is an amazing movie. It is beautiful, sensitive and very touching. Every actor is superb. Visual effects are tremendous.Loved, loved, loved it. In fact, I'm watching it again tonight. It's very "moving"; it will tug at your heartstrings.For the two reviewers who didn't give this a good review . . . you weren't listening! Do you realize the symbolism at the end???It is not like "Cast Away".
A unique story rendered with groundbreaking beauty and cinematic vision. Along with the great acting and compelling narrative I loved the unpredictable sequence of events. How did they get those animals to do all that?
Though the cinematography and special effects are splendid and the storyline amusing, the "all roads lead to God" premise causes confusion and weirdness, as to be expected when Hollywood tries to harmonize mutually exclusive religious systems, instead obfuscating the truth with nonsense.
Ang Lee chooses spooky material. In Pi the morality of the lie the teller tells is confusing and I did not see that it gave evidence to God, the Oriental mind it would seem. Have to appreciate his perspective I guess; still he does not strike center for me in any of his movies. The cinematography and special effects make it somewhat interesting.