Here's my report:
This movie examines the contrasting natures of law and grace. Containing history, romance, and music we can all recognize, this flick deserves to be recognized at awards time. I give it five stars out of five.
For the majority of the movie, we see survivor Pi's struggle to stay alive, as he shares his small boat with a Siberian tiger who also survived. Pi creatively and sometimes comically finds ways to keep his mind active while he figures out how to obtain food and water to keep both himself and the tiger alive.
By the end of the show I found myself hoping for a good outcome for both the boy and the tiger, until I was suddenly slammed with another layer of the story. I won't tell, as I don't want to spoil the enjoyment for you. I would definitely add this movie to your "must see" list. It's a 4 1/2 out of 5 stars in my book.
Of a completely different genre, my next movie, "The Sessions," challenged my thinking in a different way. This movie is a true story, based on the struggles of a man who was immobilized by polio since the age of six. Although he lives most of his day in an iron lung, Mark O'Brien lives a full life.
Though his physical limitations are sad, this movie is a joyous testament to his life, to the caregivers making sure his needs are met, and to the climax of the human spirit.
I give this movie four stars out of five.
At the price we paid for the tickets - $11 (are we nuts?), I'd probably recommend saving that money and putting it toward seeing a live show. Even so, we were entertained, and I'll give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5.
Whew! No more popcorn for me for a while!