This picture always made me dread this movie. Always looked like it was about a giant tiger and a shrunken boy. Am I the only one thrown off by this?
Anyway, I liked it quite a bit, but it's very much this year's "Hugo." While that film dealt with the insular world of cinemania, this copes more with faith... it's probably best suited for verrrrry open-minded pre-teens, since the sincerity will throw off teenagers (with their ITunes and their IPhones and all their gadgets and the hippity hops!), and it's too slow and talky for the littlest ones. I only say this because it's the holidays, and some of you will deal with tiny relatives squirming in their seats.
That being said, maybe the best 3D I've ever seen. An equal amount of corny "comin' atcha!" moments and gorgeous moment-accented additions. It really feels like another world, and seeing all those animals bursting from the screen is pretty incredible. Gorgeous visuals and a great score by Mychael Danna too.
Never read the book, but the story is a kid from India who has to survive at sea with a tiger, as his family has just passed away in a hectic boat crash that eliminated all remnants of the family zoo. And no, this tiger is not cuddly - the film takes great pains to establish that this is a predator who will fuck this kid up if he's not careful. Though they never answer the question as to where the tiger takes a shit, given that they're on the boat for months.
Curious to see what everyone thinks of this. It's a pretty unusual picture.