Tom's Review of Life of Pi


  • 18 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
    Life of Pi

    Life of Pi (2012)

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    Swanner: Life of Pi, based on the novel by Yann Martel, tells the story of a boy who survives a shipwreck in the Pacific Ocean and for weeks while sharing the life raft with a Bengal tiger. The film starts of with an older Pi telling the story of his journey to a novelist who is looking for inspiration. He tells him of his life in India where he lives with his family and their business of owning a zoo. Pi's father excepts a job in Canada so the family and the animals get packed on to a cargo ship and sail away. Of course there is a storm and Pi and his tiger are swept away and must now survive alone at sea. Newcomer Suraj Sharma gives a performance that should be hailed in the upcoming awards season. He's incredible.

    Director Ang Lee does what he does best, he tells a story in the most beautiful way possible. If you look back at Brokeback Mountain or Crouching Tiger you can see that the man and his cinematographers give you a visual story as intriguing as the written one. Lee has brought together a crew that makes him look the master he is. Screenwriter David Magee (Finding Neverland) has the difficult task of telling a story with very little dialog that is emotionally draining and joyfully triumphant...he does it well. Cinematographer Claudio Miranda and Editor Tim Squyres make magic with amazing scope but never letting the story lose it's focus. The effects team give the film it's fantasy that makes this much more than just a children's story.

    I was blown away by this film. I don't usually become emotionally involved but the story is told so well i felt like a child with the covers pulled way up to protect myself from the waves and the tiger's claws. Days later when i see the previews on TV i find myself longing for the story of Pi and his tiger as they search for home. After seeing the film i was so torn about the way Ang Lee ends the film asking the audience to choose how they've spent their last two hours...i know that i wished the tiger had turn to look at Pi one last time. That moment in film will always haunt me.


    Swanner: ****

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