The most allegorical film of the year is Ang Lee's Life of Pi. A stand out in all technical categories as well as a brilliant story that keeps you engaged without much going on bring Lee's film near to masterpiece status.
Once again, it is proven that the 3D technology can be a valuable asset to a filmmakers choice of visual design tools if it's put in the hands of a great artist - like Ang Lee.
But it's definitely not only the 3D that makes it great - more the stunning cinematography, the astounding special effects (the tiger was fully animated - unbelievable actually) and the lavish colours.
More than once, Lee uses the vastness of the ocean as the perfect environment for breathtaking shots, and whenever the film slightly moves towards surrealism it's at his best.
No matter what kind of movies you usually watch or whatever genres you prefer, Life of Pi is so much out-of-the-box that everyone will find enjoyment for sure.
Even though I found the spiritual, almost religious, undertones a bit annoying, and the ending to be overly explanatory, I must say, Life of Pi is an example of excellent filmmaking. I didn't regret watching it at all, although I first didn't really plan to go - a lot of favorable reviews changed my mind and for everyone left who's still indecisive - just give it a try.
PS: If Tom Hanks would have played this role he would receive a shitload of awards, an Indian boy in his first movie role, not so much - nobody is even talking about him.