Life of Pi(2012)
Believe the unbelievable.
Winner of four Academy Awards, Ang Lee (who picked up a directing Oscar for his efforts) adapts Yann Martel's best-selling novel, the fantastical journey of a young boy adrift in the Pacific Ocean after a shipwreck. On a lifeboat he is accompanied by a hyena, zebra, orangutan and 450-pound tiger.... More
Pi (newcomer Suraj Sharma) is the precocious, spiritually-inclined son of a zookeeper from Pondicherry, India. On route to a new life in Canada with his family and a selection of zoo animals, the freighter they hitch a ride on sinks. Pi finds himself fighting for survival on a 26-foot lifeboat along with his beastly companions.
High-profile filmmakers have been attached to the project since 2003 - M. Night Shyamalan, Alfonso Cuarón and Jean-Pierre Jeunet versions all fell through.Hide
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BY Steve Newall Flicks Writer
A sumptuous visual delight, Ang Lee’s take on the bestselling novel Life of Pi mounts a strong case for the true potential of 3D as something more than a gimmick or additional charge on one’s ticket price. Magically surreal and at times breathtaking, Life of Pi vividly brings to life its tale of shipwreck survivor Piscine "Pi" Patel to such a spectacular extent that when his vessel goes down – yes, in eye-poppingly amazing fashion – we’ve already been treated to plenty of bold, bright bedazzlement of the senses.... More
Lee’s approach does more than just provide something pretty to look at though, going hand-in-hand with the film’s own larger-than-life tale and conveying in images the sorts of embellishments that are part of storytelling. Bringing a sense of wonderment to the audience is also a deft solution to adapting the novel’s messages about faith and spirituality, avoiding the schmaltzy heavy-handed approach that could so easily have dragged Life of Pi itself down to the ocean floor.
Almost masked by the degree of spectacle is Suraj Sharma’s performace as Pi. He’s required to carry the film and for the vast majority of its running time has no other actors to interact with. Pi’s companion throughout his time adrift - the tiger Richard Parker - is the closest to a co-star that Sharma gets, unless you count Lee’s visual aesthetic. Parker’s a digital creation so believable you’ll never question he’s a living, breathing creature, another element of Life of Pi you shouldn’t hesitate to buy into wholeheartedly.Hide
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BY Zamm superstar
I haven't read the book, but this movie will make you think even long after you've seen it. This movie is so effective in presenting two ways of understanding what really happened to Pi - as it mesmerisingly and effectively masked the ugly and harsh reality of what actually happened.
BY Deb superstar
Went to this wondering how the book would translate to the screen. I still haven't made my mind up but oddly I found the island less credible in my head/the book. I guess when a film maker makes a visual it becomes more credible. So .... In this way it became something I thought less about on film. I didn't think it was a story that made you believe in god, rather that it was a tale that explained why some people do. Theres a big difference.
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