Where do all the good reviews come from? I enjoy movies with animals, survival, and the sea. This has all three and is one of the most boring movies I've ever seen. There's so many parts I just had to hit fast forward in order to not give up and quit watching completely.
I will give kudos to Irrfan Khan and Ayush Tandon as the older and younger Pi, respectively. Their parts are worth watching. However, the bulk of the movie is the teenage Pi played by Suraj Sharma. Sharma has zero screen presence or charisma. If his character had been well written, this might be passable when combined with the stronger parts of Older and Younger Pi.
However, the teenage Pi is a character that you want to see fail, die, drown, get eaten, etc and IT NEVER HAPPENS. The character is horrible. The actor is terrible. I am not drawn into his adventure or right of passage. I simply want him to go away so I can enjoy the very well done CGI tiger in his survival story. If the focus had been on the tiger, instead of the detestably stupid Pi, and told from the tiger's perspective (or just not have a protagonist that's so terrible that the viewer isn't able to empathize or associate with) the movie would have been good.
There's just a huge chunk of this movie, most of the teenage Pi runtime, that should have been left on the cutting room floor.
If you don't heed my review and do decide to watch: watch the first 45 minutes, this good. Then, skip from 45 minutes to the 1 hour and 34 minute mark. That's right, this is a 2 hour movie and all of the mid section, most of time that teenage Pi (Sharma) is onscreen is a complete waste. It's just totally unnecessary. There's a struggle, things are rough, we get it. Any viewer will come up with a better story in their imagination and develop a character that they can associate and empathize with. Watching teenage Sharma in the terrible teenage Pi role just ruins the point of the story. SKIP IT.
No joke. Skip an entire 45 minutes of a 2 hour movie and the movie is decent. I would rate it 3.5 stars without those bloated 45 minutes. There's a reason why most films are 90 minutes. This one plays like a school child's 1000 word essay that that's crammed full of rubbish just to make the work count. Either skip the movie or skip those 45 terrible minutes. Please. For your sanity and so my sacrifice in attempting to sit through it wasn't in vain (only the fast forward button allowed me to keep my sanity).
Did I mention skip from 45 minutes, to 1 hour and 34 minutes? Ok, good. I'm just trying to drive the point home because it's a decent movie if you watch it that way. If you watch that middle part you will hate the protagonist and quit watching the movie.