Monday, November 26, 2012

Life of Pi (2012)

Rated: PG - Runtime: 125 min
tesg's Rating: Two and one half stars (out of four)

This was my first experience with Dolby's new 'ATMOS' sound.  Instead of 5.1 or 7.1 channels, Atmos could have up to 128 discreet audio tracks with up to 64 unique speaker feeds.

The most obvious think you'll notice is there's speakers hanging from the ceiling.  A couple dozen in two rows in this room.  The idea is to envelope you with a more natural sound.  Initially, the sound of rain coming from directly overhead was a bit freaky.

The movie is beautifully shot and is pretty freaking great for a "stuck out in the middle of the ocean" plot.  A solid three stars right up to the ending.  But the end was infuriating.  Like "I can't believe I just wasted two hours of my life for THAT" infuriating.