The 2D version looks amazing but the 3D version is something else entirely. This film is cinematic art of the highest order.
This is the story Shenxiu, who is traveling with her father and step mother on a cruise. She desperately wants to reconnect with he mother who never seems to want to take her phone calls. When she falls overboard during a story she ends up in a crazy undersea restaurant that is staffed by otters and serves the various people of the ocean.
I am not going to lie to you, there is a point where the narrative stops making sense, the reason for it is explained at the end, but until that reveal the last portion of the film kind of feels fractured, even if it isn't. While I was disappointed about the narrative, it's far from fatal, and besides it gives us an excuse for some more crazy visuals.
The visuals are the film. There is a level of detail here that is truly fightening. Even knowing that this was done with computers it's still a frightening thought to realize all the things that had to be animated. I mean the camera is in constant motion so perspectives are never static. Plus director Xiaopeng Tian gives everything at every level in the frame weight. Nothing is half assed, its a real place. I was talking to the sales agent for the film and was told that there is so much in every image it will take more that seven or eight viewings to catch everything going on.
I was floored. I have never seen anything like this before. This is like being trapped in a living breathing painting. Think the visuals in WHAT DREAMS MAY COME but on steroids to some maximum degree.
It's not a lie when I say this is one of the greatest motion pictures I've ever seen. Yes it's not perfect but it is such a visceral and visual gut punch it moved me to tears at the sheer beauty of it all.