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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.
Visually pleasing for the most part, but some bad acting and forced morals kill this one. And can we please speak in our original languages and add subtitles? Christianity and English in Asia. Okay.
Life of Pi explores Lee's usual themes of otherness and cohabitation, but is at odds with his previous films in its emphasis on the visual, apparently a new interest of Lee as he now aims to use the best 3D technology available in his upcoming Iraq war film. The CGI and 3D of Life of Pi could be seen as just blockbuster bait for special effects savvy audiences (implying these people exist at all) but Lee did not start as a particularly visual director and the lush images are more than nice pictures. Both magical and realistic, they are almost haptic, and one cannot help but wonder what it'd be like to be hit by thousands of flying fishes or…
One of the most beautiful, if not the single most beautiful, movies ever made. One of the greatest directorial achievements of all time.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Life Of Pi never really stood out for me as a movie I desperately wanted to watch. I think probably due to the fear factory of having to watch such a beautiful animal, CGI or not, possibly die on screen. Similar to Cast Away in so many ways, except Wilson is replaced by a 800 pound Bengal Tiger, who is just as afraid as Pi. The themes are the same - Isolation, lost, human endeavour & hope.
The GCI is almost seamless, and the mise en scene is not only exquisite, introvert but graceful. A real showcase on how much cinema has advanced technically in the last 10 years.
The highlight of the film for me was Pi's breakdown after realising…
An achievement in visuals that explores the ancient art of storytelling and the power of belief on many levels.
It was entertaining, but didn't have me jaw dropping, struck with awe like some people.
In the end it left me weary, which is true, what really happend?
but it didn't get me that curious to watch it again to tie the knots together.
verdict: nice special effects, nice to fill a rainy sunday afternoon
I don't love the film but I enjoyed it. Love the visual effect in this movie. Very beautiful and astonishing.
Ang Lee must think the audience is stupid; he had the white guy expose every relationship between the two stories. I only left with one contemplation: which one is true?
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…