In lieu of completely spoiling the film’s conclusion, I will reveal that it’s suitably ambiguous and will speak differently to people from all walks of life, religious or not. When the clunkiness of the first act fades away, we’re left with a heartbreaking tale of growing up as a primal force of nature.

The allegorical quality of Pi’s experiences is certainly applicable to anyone that’s experienced similar emotions (read: just about everyone), and the gorgeous visuals only make the story more palatable. More specifically, not getting to say “goodbye” to a loved one is one of the most distressing parts of the human condition, but “Life Of Pi” confronts it head-on with mostly poetic results. With “Life Of Pi,” Ang Lee gets to add another piece of cloth to the tapestry of his career, and it’s the most beautiful one yet. Recommended.

Rating: ★★★★ out of ★★★★★ (Very Good)

-J. Olson

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