Life of Pi (11/25/12)

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In Life of Pi, a boy must survive on a small life boat with a tiger and discovers a sea of wonders.

A novelist (Rafe Spall) visits an adult Pi Patel (Irrfan Khan) to hear a story that will supposedly make a great book and make him believe in God. Young Pi, originally named Piscine Molitor after a French swimming pool, has a strong fascination with all religions. His family owns a zoo but his father decides to sell the animals and take his family to Canada. Now a teenager, Pi (Suraj Sharma), travels on a ship with a full crew, many animals in the cargo area, and his family. During a violent storm, Pi is able to get on a life boat along with a frantic zebra. The zebra breaks its leg in a fall, but the life boat is drifting away while the ship sinks. An orangutan finds its way to the boat and is brought on board, but a hyena makes trouble for two animals. Then the Bengal tiger, named Richard Parker, emerges from beneath a tarp on the boat and Pi must survive the open seas alongside the beast.

If you want to read my Life of Pi preview, you can find that here. I still have not yet read the novel Life of Pi, but seeing the film certainly increased my interest in doing so. Life of Pi is one of the most visually stunning movies I’ve seen and while the plot is low on action, I would struggle faulting it too much. To think that Richard Parker, the tiger, is almost entirely animated is simply staggering. Most of the imagery is fantastical and at times even surreal but that all pales in comparison to how amazingly realistic that tiger looks.

We saw Life of Pi in 3D and it would be hard to recommend seeing it in any other format. The use of 3D is mostly subdued, though at times things do fly at the screen. I don’t think it’s too late to see this in theaters and I strongly urge everyone to try to see it in 3D before it’s too late. It’s weird to think that an existential film about a teenager and a tiger trapped on a small boat would be a special effects powerhouse, but it truly is a wonder and it also happens to be a beautiful story.

If I had to choose a downside to Life of Pi it’s that the ending is far too swift. If you aren’t paying close attention to the dialogue in the final scene you will miss out on what Life of Pi is really about. I’m not sure how closely this mimics the book, but there could have been some floating at sea trimmed to beef up the finale. I’m not sure if you will have your faith in God affirmed by the end of Life of Pi like Pi proclaims, but the story will likely stay with you regardless of your faith.

I give it 5 amazing CGI tigers out of 5.

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Life of Pi Preview

Life of Pi is opening tomorrow and it is sitting pretty at Rotten Tomatoes with an 84% “fresh” rating. Originally published as a novel, Life of Pi is about young boy that survives a shipwreck along with a Bengal tiger. Here is the official synopsis:

LIFE OF PI
Genre:Adventure-Drama in 3D
Release:November 21, 2012
Director:Ang Lee
Screenplay by: David Magee, based upon the novel by Yann Martel
Producers: Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark
Cast:Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Rafe Spall and Gérard Depardieu
With LIFE OF PI, director Ang Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) creates a groundbreakingmovie event about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epicjourney of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpectedconnection with another survivor…a fearsome Bengal tiger.

While I never finished reading the novel, I still keep it on my shelf in hopes of making my way through it. I plan on seeing the film and I hope that it sparks my interest in the source material.

I’ve been offered to show off some off some of my favorite official pictures from Life of Pi, click on them for full size – and don’t forget to watch the trailer!

Behind the scenes:

  

 

Ang Lee on the set:

  

Movie stills:

  
  
  

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