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Life of Pi
Believe The Unbelievable
The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Every year cinephiles struggle to find a film that reminds them exactly why they love cinema. The exact type of film differs from person to person, and what you look for can constantly change from year to year. But you know those films when you find them, because there's that feeling you get. You sit there with your heart and mind open. Nothing else matters. You begin to reflect on yourself and your life, and how the film relates to you. As the credits roll, you let go of your breath, as if you had been holding it in the entire time.
This year, I have found that film in Ang Lee's Life of Pi. It is the film…
A visual extravaganza from start to finish, Life of Pi is an enthralling journey of adventure, hope & triumph of the will to survive against all odds that is as rewarding an experience visually as it is emotionally. It tells the story of Piscine Patel aka Pi, who is left stranded on a lifeboat after a shipwreck as the only human survivor and is accompanied by a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena & a fearsome Bengal tiger with whom he forges an amazing connection later in the story.
Director Ang Lee has always captured the wonders of nature in an overwhelming manner but with this film, he takes the film's photography to an even higher level of cinematic art as Life of…
My attempts to see Ang Lee’s much lauded adaptation of Life of Pi at the cinema was constantly thwarted as if being tested by a divine force. Whilst my own troubled journey may have lacked genuine peril, spiritual crisis or a Bengal tiger it seems appropriate that it wasn’t plain sailing. Adapting Yann Martel’s supposedly unfilmable novel for the silver screen also proved problematic, and having now watched the film it is easy to see why numerous writers and directors failed where Lee succeeded, yet whilst its journey is not without its problems, the director smartly steers this story of spiritual survival through the cinematic choppy waters (I promise to refrain from water based puns from hereon in).
I am an atheist. I get totally pissed off when I see people using the name of God to indulge in their vices and hunt for power. I get angry when someone is overtly attached to God. I have gone the distance of even swearing at them. But I am also the one who yearns, the most for God.
The only thought which over powers my thinking of "There is no God" is the earnest wish that " Things would be different in the world had God really existed"
The people who believed in God's existence bothered me greatly. I never knew why I had spent such a lot of time trying to convince people why God does not exist.…
What is the greatest gift that children could inherit from their parents?
After my latest viewing of Life of Pi this was the first question that struck my mind. Instead of the innumerable, worthy, possible things that could qualify to be called as gifts, this was the one which came upfront and took centre stage as a profound notion. What if the child were a perfect mixture of his Mother and Father? A perfect combination of the Mother’s belief in all things beautiful, a follower of the way of Grace, a steadfast devotee of religion and a shining example of Love to all fellow beings, a studier of the Flora; and the Father’s realistic, rationalistic thoughts, the development of faith…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I cannot separate the book from the film. It is impossible. My appreciation of this film consists of several components I'll try to explain in what will probably be a far too long winded review below.
If I were pressed to sum it up in one sentence, I guess I'd say this is the collaborative effort of a visionary genius and a weak scriptwriter.
Yann Martel's novel is a stunning piece of fiction. It is the type of novel that slowly sucks you in, has you marvel at what unfolds before you and concludes by upending everything that went before it. The novel tackles three main themes:
1. Man's innate survival instinct.
2. The essence of religious belief.
After two minutes: this must be the BBC - where is David Attenborough?
After ten minutes: this must be Wes Anderson - where is Bill Murray?
After fifteen minutes: this is an Indian remake of a Cameron Crowe movie - but better!
Then it takes a turn into "The Perfect Storm" spectacle before becoming (at least to me€) much less profound that it wants to be, when tiger and man (who btw does not grow a bit of of a beard...) and finally there one almost ridiculous moment with a large amount of an unexpected animal...
Number two on my "best films with PI in the title" list (ok, that list had only two titles)
Featuring a star-making tour-de-force performance from Suraj Sharma, Life of Pi is a valiant execution of an unfilmable novel, made into a big screen event through masterful visual effects and focused direction from Ang Lee, a deserving Oscar winner for Best Director. Despite a very slow and dull start which attempts to showcase Indian culture, an interesting and traditional one but not what you want to see when you are paying to see a survival film, it picks up the pace as soon as we get to the sea, where Lee brings the film to life placing us on the lifeboat with no escape. We receive this personal journey through the eyes of Pi, played marvellously in a debut performance…
"Mmm, pi." said the carnivorous island.
It's increasingly hard to wow audiences with pure spectacle these days, but the moment where the whale leaps out of the water, twists in the air, and arches over Pi's boat back into the water was truly magical. Blend that with Ang Lee's humanist touch and you have one hell of a film.
Even though Argo was my favorite film of 2012 I do believe that Ang Lee also deserved the Oscar what he was able to accomplish with this movie. Probably not since Avatar when I first saw this movie did I ever see such a visually stunning movie with the best use of 3D at that time.
why bother with words? they all fall short.
Moving story, visually stunning.
The film can be read as a straight forward religious allegory and while I have not read the book, I wonder if Lee's interpretation is not so much about religion, but more the need for humanity to create moments of potential and hope to counter the times when one is most abject.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…