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Sunday, December 2, 2012

REVIEW OF LIFE OF PI

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About The Movie:







Despite its widespread popularity and earnest recommendations from friends, I've never picked up Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi. You’d think that I would have read this book by now because the premise of boy and tiger on a lifeboat is something that would intrigue me. So I am happy that Ang Lee taking on the seemingly impossible task of making this book—with its ocean setting and man-eating main character—into a film.

With crisp cinematography and a 3D-enhanced (I can only imagine) depth of field that makes the movie's world almost tangible, Lee's Life of Pi dazzles from its first frames, which display magnificent exotic animals in a way that places us beyond the protective bars and guard rails of zoo exhibits and into these creatures' territory. This is just the first hint of what's to come in this stunning 3D spectacle that's exhilarating yet tender in its storytelling, and ambitious in its scope.

Promising a story that will "make you believe in God," the film unfolds the coming-of-age story of an Indian boy called Pi Patel, who considers himself a devout Christian, Hindu and Muslim. If that confounds you, don't dwell on it, because the movie doesn't. Instead this theme of faith gets lost in its stirring tale of human spirit and the overall importance of the stories we tell ourselves to survive. And so we begin with the grown Pi (Irrfan Khan) presenting his life story to an aspiring writer (Rafe Spall) seeking inspiration. With a warm and musical tone, Khan leads us back to Pi's birth, through his childhood on the zoo his family ran, and to the sea voyage that forever changed his life.

While crossing the Pacific on their way to North America, the Patels and their menagerie of animals are caught in a ferocious storm that proves too much for the sturdy ship. Though he scrambles to find his family, Pi ends up on a lifeboat alone except for a quartet of warring animals. Before long he and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker are all that remain. The drama and tension that keeps the film electric comes from Pi's quest to survive not only the lack of fresh water, scarcity of food, and the unrelenting ocean with its oft-circling sharks, but also the jaws of a snarling, starving tiger. So yes, the plot is little more than paper-thin, but the tension and spectacle therein is breathtaking.

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