I don't usually make statements about books or movies as I feel that is a personal choice and what appeals to one may not appeal to another. We saw Life of Pi last night (in 3-D) and I must say it was one of the best movies I have seen. Several years back I tried to read the book (a few times) but never got into it. (I may go back and try again now).
The movie won't be for everyone. It is a "thinking man's" movie, one that is not meant to simply entertain. It has an existential quality to it and has many many layers. It has already been dubbed "a spiritual masterpiece" and "Oscar-worthy" and probably even blasphemous among some groups.
Not wanting to give anything away, Pi (Piscine Patel) is the main character. He is the sole-survivor of a shipwreck and spends 200+ days in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger from his parents' zoo in India. Pi's early life is chronicled in the movie just enough to fill in the needed blanks for the rest of the story. He follows three religions and considers himself to be Christian, Hindu and Muslim all at once. He does survive and there is a great twist at the end. But if you love deep, spiritual, moving performances, totally "out of the box" then you will love this!