Jens' Review of Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)
It was once said that the best-selling novel "Life of Pi" was impossible to adapt to the screen. But after a decade it was finally made, by the diverse Taiwanese director Ang Lee, who besides making film in his native Taiwan has done anything from Jane Austin to gay cowboys. And now his latest film is set in India, with religious overtones from Hinduism, Christianity and Islam, which is something completely different from Lee's religion. And what's more amazing is that Lee pulls it off perfectly.
Life of Pi is the story about an Indian teenager named Piscine "Pi" Patel, who have lived in India all his life, where his father owned a zoo. But when the town takes over the property, they have to move all the animal to a zoo in Canada. So they have to transport the animals by boat. But a hurricane is to much for the ship, and it sinks. Pi is able to throw himself into a lifeboat. He's the only survivor, except for a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, who is also in the same lifeboat.
Ang Lee could have just made an ordinary survivor film, like "Castaway" or like Hitchcock's "Lifeboat". But Life of Pi is so much more than that. As I said, this film has a religious overtone, and as a christian, Life of Pi really appealed to me. And Pi's relationship with the tiger, which seems to be more just a reflection of his feelings. A special friendship I may say in lack of better words.
Life of Pi is not only a well told story, it's also a visually stunning masterpiece, with amazing use of 3D. It make us feel a part of nature itself. And probably is one of the greatest three dimensional experiences I've ever had for sure, with both 3D imagery and 3D characters. It's also amazing how real the CGI tiger looks. I can't tell the difference between a CGI and real tiger, and that goes for the rest of the animals as well.
My first impression when I saw the trailer was not that great. I expected a kids movie, or something as indie-dramatic as "Slumdog Millionaire". I couldn't have been more wrong. It's a movie as much for adult as it are for kids. There is cute animals, that's right. But unlike the cartoon animals they actually behaves like real animals, kill each other, and has no sympathy for other then themselves, as Werner Herzog would have said. So if you have a child that doesn't like to watch animal getting killed, you should avoid this film. But that's nature, deal with it. Overall, Life of Pi is an amazing film, well crafted and well written. Simply one of the greatest movies of 2012. Thumbs up