Posted on 11/22/12 08:46 PM
I really wanted to go into this movie and like it but not love it, why? I have gone into a good number of movies lately (Lincoln, Wreck-it-Ralph, Argo, and Looper) and absolutely loved them, leading me to be giving more 10 star ratings than I should (4 ten star ratings in the course of a little over 2 months is a lot), so I really didn't want to add to the list, especially with more movies looking 10 star worthy coming in (The Hobbit, Les Miserables, Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty), but I have to be fair so I will be fair to this movie.
I absolutely loved it, there was not a second in the movie I was not watching intently, and that is a lot to say considering over half the movie the only characters are Pi (played by Suraj Sharma) and a CGI tiger named Richard Parker (which having the name Richard Parker brings so much more life into him). The acting was spot on, and the effects were phenomenal (definitely worth the 3D price to go see it) and actually probably some of the best special effects I have ever seen, period. (this movie would not have been filmable 5-10 years ago) It is a spectacular emotional journey, throwing your mind for a twist in the end, while also driving home a very strong thematic point (a lot of that has to give credit to the book).
This movie reminded me why I love going to see movies, and why I hate cheap movies that just try to entertain you for 10 bucks (plus the $500000 you spend on overpriced popcorn and drinks). It brought a certain kind of magic to it, and had a powerful story to tell (that is not about animal bonding, or at least not the way you would think of it). The role of Richard Parker was perfect, and each scene captivated me in its own way. I hate 3D and this movie would make me consider buying a 3D TV just so I could buy this movie in 3D (which adds so much effect to it).
Life of Pi is a spectacular ride (although a slightly slow, but needed beginning) with a very powerful ending, although possibly controversial. It is a beautiful and fantastic story, and definitely deserves my Golden Star. (My one rating above 10 stars)