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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.
Splendid, breathtaking, and spellbinding visuals make Life of Pi a superb technical achievement. Whereas that its story and heart are what make it such an exciting and emotive experience. Both characteristics combined result in one of the most amazing motion pictures released in recent years. Ang Lee has made a film for the ages and from the very first moment, it is easy to realize that we are in the presence of something that will hardly be erased from our memories.
Adventure movies are rarely so thought-provoking and so mind-blowing. Cinematic storytelling at its best allow this movie to deal with so many ideas and topics that make it transcend an apparently simple albeit utterly peculiar plot. It is a…
Okay how did Richard Parker fit a goat through those bars?!
This film wanted so badly to appear deep and wise, and to wrestle with the great questions, but it never actually had the smarts to back it up. Like, the whole story is a metaphor, but the meaning and purpose behind huge chunks of it are completely unclear. I found it a frustratingly shallow exercise. Though gorgeous to look at, the stylised visuals dragged me out of the story, before the clumsy ending really dragged me out for good.
While what unfortunately happened to Rhythm and Hues Studios will always hang over this movie thanks to their deserved Oscar win for the incredible visual effects work here it shouldn't take too much away from everything else that the film has to offer.
Lee's direction in making all these extraordinary visuals believable while still keeping their power and managing to make sure that the heart of the story never loses it's meaning even with the worry it could get lost amongst all the visuals. It's Sharma and is incredible debut performance that keeps the picture above water (sorry), and considering what he had to work against in the majority of the key scenes (nothing) it's remarkable that it never comes…
A slick and faithful adaptation. Blown away by the ship sinking scene; it gave me a spectacular sense of 3D space, hovering underwater behind Pi as the glowing lights go down.
Siempre he creído que llorar en el cine por una película es una ridiculez gratuita. No sé, no me pregunten porqué, no sabría explicarme; simplemente así siempre me ha parecido y se me hace una tremenda ñoñería soltarse demasiado ante lo manipulador que en muchos casos puede llegar a ser este arte. Ayer por primera vez en mi vida lloré en el cine a causa de una película. Por más que intenté contenerme temiendo que mi amiga acompañante (bastante chillonsita, por cierto) me viese, la emoción era tanta que me sobrepasaba y desbordaba, por los ojos, literalmente. El nombre del culpable filme: Life of Pi. Y no me malinterpreten, no es que sea una película trágica, tampoco manipula como muchas…
The Life of Pi is one of few films to have left me speechless once the credits rolled. I sat in silence trying to take in all of the spectacle I had just watched. The life of Pi is an example of a perfectly executed piece of cinema. Its an example of why many movie lovers love movies the way they do. It tells an amazing story through a visual medium. The cinematography is some of the most beautiful and amazing I have seen in a long time. It gives a perfect sense of how alone you are on the pacific ocean. A glimpse of the scale. It's a colorful and beautiful work of art.
This movie tackles the theme…
Life of Pi is a film with gorgeous visuals and a poignant, universal message, held back only by pacing that stalls in the midpoint of the film. This is not as much a fault of the film as it is faith in its source material, so I cannot disdain it, but I would have liked more action or investing scenes during the harrowing sea-survival midpoint. 15-20 minutes could have been cut from this arc to help the pace of the film better. All in all, it's still a dang awesome movie that I think everyone should experience at least once.
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