Just saw Life of Pi (2 D version but there is a 3 d version that perhaps I might try to see as well). Visually one of the most stunning films I've ever seen. I was a bit surprised when I learned the book was going to be made into a film but was very happy to learn that Ang Lee was doing it. I was not disappointed. If you've been to a movie theater recently, you will know to expect the most stunning shots. The film does not disappoint in any way. Every frame is art.
It has been some years since I read the book (shortly after it came out--in 2002, I think) but if memory serves, it is fairly faithful if somewhat simpler and a love interest is added in the film, although the spares the audience some of the most graphic scenes. Be warned: some graphic scenes which will be very upsetting to animal lovers. The book's ending was more ambiguous than the film. Purists might quibble but I don't think the simplification of some things, deletion of one chapter, and some other changes which serve to flesh out the character of Pi detract from the film.
- [+] Spoiler
- A young boy and several zoo animals, including an adult Bengal tiger are stranded on a life boat and only the boy and tiger survive. You see the tiger attack and consume more than one animal.)
That said, it is a beautifully done film and one that for me, in the end, left me feeling uplifted.