So I saw Life of Pi yesterday in 3D and really loved it! This film begs to be watched in 3D, and it will probably come as no surprise when I say that this film is visually stunning, though I imagine enough can be seen from the trailer to confirm that. Though I definitely can say it makes all the difference in enhancing the effects and helping to completely immerse you in them.
Visuals aside, I think there was a delicacy about this movie that I was drawn to. It was philosophical and thought-provoking at times, and I think despite getting a little bit slow around the middle, it was always very engaging. I can understand that because this is an adaptation, in order to be true to the plot there can't be much leeway in terms of narrative changes. I haven't yet read the book, however watching the film has made me want to, as I feel like the plot and the meaning it holds will translate better through the written word. I think to some, visually it may become tedious to see a boy on a life boat with a tiger for the best part of two hours, which is why I'm curious to see how it works in the book.
Overall, I don't think its just a story about a kid in a boat with a tiger. I think its a story about sharing stories, and how important that is. There are also themes of spirituality and faith that - as per usual with religion - raise more questions than they answer. That being said, it doesn't come off as preachy or anything which is good.
Also, the ending. I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen it, so I'll only say it very subtly lets you choose the perspective from which you see the movie with a twist that will make you question everything you just saw. I'd almost forgotten to mention it, mainly because I've chosen not to question anything too much. However, I think the ending was very powerful and manages to say a lot without saying much at all. Then, that's the beauty of films with ambiguous endings as you can re-watch them and come out feeling differently every time. Take Inception for example, or The Sixth Sense. No huge explanation is needed, you're just left to think and that's whats great, you don't have to be spoon-fed answers.
Life of Pi gave me a lot to think about and look at, with - in my opinion - a story that is on par with the visual spectacle it presents, and more soul than your average CG heavy 3D film. Its an ambitious story to tell visually, but I think it was done fantastically and definitely merits a re-watch.