When Ang Lee debuted the first footage from his 3D adaptation of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi at CinemaCon a few months back, the 10 minutes of footage he showed already had the movie bloggers who saw it talking Oscar, and you know movie bloggers aren’t prone to hyperbole (sarcasm, sarcasm). Now that 20th Century Fox has released the first trailer (below), you can judge for yourself, even if you don’t have a neckbeard OR a collection of novelty t-shirts. As someone who enjoyed the book – a parable for religion about an Indian boy trapped on a lifeboat with a tiger, a zebra, and a hyena – my expert opinion is that the underwater zebra stuff looks pretty cool (though CG artists still can’t make realistic-looking waves, have you noticed that?), the music is a little… I dunno… butt-gazing, let’s say. Though it does look like Ang Lee has succeeded in creating that highly-stylized, ethereal movie world that Peter Jackson was trying to create in The Lovely Bones, but without all the child-rape.
Opens November 21st.