This is a stunning, magical movie and to me it is film-making at its best. I was never interested enough to read the book but I gather that this is a very faithful rendition of a story that people thought would never make a successful film. It tells the tale of Piscine Molitor Patel (later shortened to "Pi" to avoid continual schoolboy teasing about pissing!) who was named after what his father regarded as the best swimming pool in the world. Pi is bought up in India where his family operate a zoo and, when they can no longer use the land and make ends meet, they ship all the animals to North America and emigrate to Canada. The ship sinks and the story begins in earnest as Pi ends up in a lifeboat with a zebra, a spotted hyena, an orang-utan and a tiger (named Richard Parker). Eventually, he ends up with just the tiger. It is a wonderful story of survival as Pi spends 227 days adrift at sea. Stunning images and fantastic use of CGI with the tiger especially (I gather that 4 different tigers were used in filming). Oscar nominations are out tomorrow apparently. I'll be very surprised if this movie doesn't pick up a few. I rated it 5 stars; we had 1 @ 4 and 3 @ 4.5. So our average is 4.5 stars. A must-see but see it in 3D if you can.
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