The Life of Pi movie review
Enthralling, visually stunning, and meaningful – Life of Pi is a deep movie filled to the brim with metaphors. “What?” you ask. “What about the action?” Ah, you’ll find your full share of adventure along with a dose of something more than just a boy named Pi Patel and a tiger. It’s a breathtaking tale of survival, about hope, about a story that will make you believe in God.
Narrated by an adult Piscine through flashbacks, we see his life unfold in the almost magical village of Pondicherry, India. Piscine, more commonly known as Pi (yes, 3.14), relates his childhood from growing up in a zoo to the history of his uncommon name to his becoming of a Muslim-practicing Christian Hindu. Then his family decides to move to Canada along with the animals and their ship sinks, leaving Pi the only human survivor on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra, and a tiger humorously named Richard Parker.
Abrupt, isn’t it? It’s an awkward intro, slow at certain times, but quickly gets back on track. The real story takes off when the ship sinks and the true character of Pi is brought out. Newcomer Suraj Sharma draws the emotion of Pi, making it almost palpable, managing to reach through the screen and touch viewers’ hearts.
Based on the best selling book by Yann Martel (a must-read), director Ang Lee manages to bring the impossible to life on the big screen, using state-of-art technology. The challenges of resizing the immenseness of the Pacific Ocean and animating a tiger must have been endless. With that said, I believe Lee succeeded. The tiger, Richard Parker, looked so believable that I couldn’t distinguish the real one from the CGI animation. Scenes were breathtaking from a glowing ocean to great waves tumbling out of the frame. 3D was mastered here like in Hugo and Avatar, but Ang Lee fills the movie with heart and soul, so the visuals don’t distract from the core of the story. Violence is kept to a minimum. However, although this is rated PG, I believe the film is meant for an older audience, those who are able to comprehend the real meaning.
Beautiful metaphors are hidden throughout, making Life of Pi the perfect movie to chew over and over again, pondering the significance of every scene. Those who have read the book will not be disappointed. Even so, not everyone will want to see Life of Pi. My advice? Give it a try. It’s new style, but you see, that’s where the sense of adventure comes in. Get on board with Pi and travel through rough seas of chaos, beauty, and above all, hope.
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Posted on November 15, 2012, in Movie Reviews, Star Rapture Blog and tagged Ang Lee, Irrfan Khan, Piscine, Richard Parker, Suraj Sharma, The life of Pi, Yann Martel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.