The New Times said, "There are images in “Life of Pi” that are so beautiful, so surprising, so right that I hesitate to describe them. Suffice it to say that the simple, elemental facts of sky, sea and animal life are captured with sweetness and sublimity." Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 87 and one their reviewers said "This transcendent fable carries a real sting in its tail. Ang Lee has made a bold and wondrous movie, one of his best."
So, against that inner little "thing" sitting on my shoulder telling me otherwise, I went to see Life of Pi, all 127 minutes of it. My DH's comment as we entered the theater was,"I'll be fine as long this isn't two hours in a boat." Suddenly, I felt sea sick. Two hours in a boat sounded ghastly. And then there was Ang Lee - not my favorite director, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, included.
Full disclosure here, I didn't read the book for a reason - the story did not interest me. Unfortunately, the movie did not either. Yes, the imagery was beautiful. The photography was wonderful. But, I left the theater tired. I felt as if I had been fighting high waves and a Bengal tiger for two hours.
Needless to say I cannot recommend the movie. Perhaps someone in love with the book and with Ang Lee would appreciate the film more than I.