For all of its slavish devotion to Mary Poppins, the sequel doesn’t even seem to recognize its greatest attribute: its star.
Ang Lee’s fantastical and frustrating Oscar-winner is kept afloat on Blu-ray by Fox’s highly commendable A/V transfer and a bundle of helpful, relevant extras.
Like Avatar before it, Life of Pi is the kind of Oscar-y prestige pic that also stands as a benchmark for the medium.
By now, most awards watchers are aware of Tony Kushner’s grand task of translating Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals.
Most filmgoers who see Lee’s magical-realist marine life, from bioluminescent jellyfish to migrating trout that fly, will be quick to dub the film the Visual Effects frontrunner.
Water is the key element in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, employed by the director to flaunt a grand aesthetic and express grand existential themes.
Brisk, peppy, light on its feet, and trying awfully hard to be reminiscent of a fast-talking Depression-era rags-to-riches comedy, the film can be best described as inoffensive.
Note to Marc Forster: It’s sheep, not sheeps!