Yann Martel’s bestselling novel captured the hearts and minds of readers
from the moment of its release and kicked off feverish discussions for
an adaptation, although the challenging story — about a young man adrift
at sea with a Bengal tiger as his only companion — scared off several
would-be Oscar-chasing helmers.
Ang Lee's clumsy adaptation of Elliot Tibers and Tom Monte's book 'Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Lift' can't decide if it wants to be a comedy, a drama or merely a slice-of-life reflection on a small-town community transformed by a cultural happening in 1969. There are flashes of inspiration here, but nothing to sustain a feature film's worth of narrative import. Grade: C.