Life of Pi (2012)
Being interviewed for a book, Piscine Patel (“Pi” for short because people started calling him “Pissing”) tells the story of his incredible journey from his childhood in India to his time on a boat with a Bengal Tiger. As a young boy, Pi grew up on his parents Zoo filled with many exotic animals. Pi always had an open mind and was very interested in religion. At one time, he was a Hindu, Muslim and a Catholic and enjoyed the inspirations from all, but his father told Pi to accept reason as well because if you have 3 religions, you have none. When the economy in India causes Pi’s father to have to sell the animals and move the family to Canada, the boat they all are aboard sinks and Pi is left to fight for his life, both mentally from being lost at sea, and physically from the Tiger aboard his life boat.
Directed by Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Sense and Sensibility, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), The Life of Pi is an emotional and wonderfully told story in 2 parts. The first 30-45 minutes of the movie is all set-up and dialogue driven, yet surprisingly funny at times. It shows us Pi’s childhood and things he learned from his father in order to teach him to be a man. After the boat sinks (which reminds me a lot of the plane crash in Cast Away), the movie goes from dialogue based to one emotional visual roller-coaster. Pi’s life in the boat is full of turmoil, pleasures, self-sacrifice, and questions of faith. The Tiger, named Richard Parker, is the driving force that keeps Pi wanting to stay alive because not only does he have to keep Richard Parker from eating him, but taming him so they can co-exist. From visual wonder to emotional distraught, The Life of Pi will reach deep into the soul and take you on a journey you will not forget.
8/10 Stars – Wonderous and emotional, the Life of Pi tells a great story that is new and special… even if it feels long at times.
Life of Pi is a very nerve wracking film. That is the best way for me to describe it. You start out peaceful then are hit smack in the face with turmoil, death and more death. Then you have more turmoil and pure desire to survive and then more turmoil and finally relief if you can really call it that. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed every minute of this film. The movement of the film was non-stop and an emotional roller-coaster. Irrfan Khan’s narration is perfection. He has a soothing voice that brings just right amount of emotion to his story as well. Apart from the story which you really can’t attribute to the movie but to the book instead (and no I hadn’t read the book before I saw the film), the visual aspects of the film are stupendous. I have rarely seen such amazing CG work and stunning effects all of which don’t detract from the story but simply enhance it. The Life of Pi is an epic journey you won’t soon forget because it will touch you to the soul.
8/10 Stars – Moving, beautiful and overwhelming, Life of Pi is a powerful movie any real film buff can’t miss.
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