Anyway, I couldn't NOT see a movie about a book I read. That wasn't going to happen. (Saw Anna Karenina recently for the same reason.)
I liked the movie. I'm glad I saw it. It is one of the most beautiful things I've ever sat and stared at for 2 hours. The images of the film felt like carefully choreographed ballet. (And we saw it in 3D... I don't even like 3D and this was nice to look at in 3D.) I think the filmmakers managed to capture a piece of what the book was like (including the ending, which I won't spoil, but if you've read it you know what I'm talking about), but I also think that since the book was so much about Pi's internal struggle, that's something you just can't capture on film, no matter how many thoughtful looks a character gives to a tiger.
I don't think this is a movie I can watch over and over again -- it's slow, and I had forgotten how much sadness there is in it -- but visually, it was amazing. Stunning and beautiful.