Life of Pi Reviews
I have to say I really enjoyed it. The visuals are beautiful, and it is one of the rare times when 3D draws you in, instead of setting you apart from the experience. Its used subtly and not shoved in your face as often happens with 3D. Ang Lee creates a sensitive, moving film with a story carried along by a fantastical adventure. The product is a piece of art... to be viewed and appreciated however the audience sees fit.
It may inspire you, or maybe it will make you consider life, death and the power of faith. This is certainly a film that will stay with me.. and I know I shall be mulling it over for a while to come.
The film is based on the extraordinary story of an Indian Piscine (as in hissing)/Pi Patel who as an older man recounts the extraordinary story to a writer.
It starts in India with the early life of Pi who is mercilessly taunted at school for his name and its annotations to the mathematical Pythagoras connection.
Pi as a child has experiments with different religions in a comedic moment.
His parents own a zoo in botanical garden grounds and own some marvellous animals including a Benghal tiger called Richard Parker after a mix up with the Indian immigration documentation!
However one day Pi's parents decide to sell up and emigrate for a new life in Canada getting their via a Japanese steamship taking the animals with them. Richard Parker and all.
The ship sinks in a storm and Pi ends up alone on a lifeboat with some of the animals, a zebra, hyena I think and Richard Parker.
The castaways are at sea for what seems an eternity and even stop off on on a deserted island before finally being rescued 227 days later in Mexico (22/7=Pi) get it.
Featuring excellent use of CGI. I mean how else would a Benghal tiger be shown in a lifeboat?
I usually hate the practice of CGI and 3D films but on this occasion it is fully understandable and technicalkt brilliant.
The film won several Oscar awards including Best Director for Ang Lee on release. Fully deserved.
By the way the writer git one hell of a book story!
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Once those novelties have worn off, you're not left with much substance. The beginning and end are emotionally satisfying for sure, but not switching off is more of a pain than it is a reward. Yes, I'm afraid you can only do so much with a tiger and a boy on a boat.
VERDICT: 'Life of Pi' may be beautiful on the outside, but inside it lacks emotional punch, thematic significance, or even a good story. Shame.