When I saw that they were adapting the book to film, I was wary at first. The commercial seemed cartoonish with the special effects and I was concerned that they'd leave something important out or twist the story in some way. I'm so pleased to say that this is a rare film that is better than the book. It did more than stay true to the story. The director Ang Lee took scenes that were effective in my mind's eye and transformed them into visionary masterpieces beyond my imagination. I felt swept off of my feet during some of the scenes. And having watched the film both in the regular theater and in 3D, I completely recommend seeing it in 3D. Unlike action films that I actually find distracting when objects are flying out of the screen at me, the 3D for this film was just one more outstanding vehicle for showing off the visually stunning scenes.
Author Yann Martel said in one interview, “The theme of this novel can be summarized in three lines. Life is a story. You can choose your story. And a story with an imaginative overlay is the better story.” This novel, and the movie are a better story. I haven't seen all of the Oscar nominees for this year's Best Picture but I can say that this deserves to be among them.