Hollywood usually reserves 3-D for very specific, box-office-friendly genres -- superhero films like "The Avengers," fantasies like the Harry Potter franchise and animated movies like "Toy Story 3."
But in "Life of Pi," which screens Friday as one of AFI Fest's centerpiece galas, director Ang Lee charted some new depths thematically with the format -- he used 3-D to shoot an adaptation of a soulful novel about a boy stranded at sea with a Bengal tiger.
"'Life of Pi' breaks the paradigm that 3-D has to be some big, action fantasy spectacle, superhero movie," said James Cameron, whose 3-D production company, Cameron Pace Group, helped equip Lee's set.
"The movie is visually amazing, inventive, and it works on you in ways you’re not really aware of. It takes you on a journey, and unless you’ve read the book -- which I hadn’t -- you have no idea where that journey is going. It does what good 3-D is supposed to do, which is, it allows you to forget you’re watching a 3-D movie."