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…
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…
All of life is an act of letting go but what hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.
All films have a story to tell and they are told at varying degrees of competence which in turn decides if the story becomes a great film. Some are told by great directors, some are told by great storytellers and every so often you'll get one that is told by both. Life of Pi proves to me, without a shadow of doubt, that Ang Lee was both for this film.
I can't fault Ang Li for the job done, here. The shortfall of the film is its source material. Truth be told, the novel is not very good-- it's actually kind of a hacky mix-up of religion and an amateurish analysis of story-telling. However, what Li is able to piece together for the movie is actually quite a feat and certainly deserving of his Best Direction Oscar. The film, itself, ends up being neither meaningful nor memorable.
Life Of Pi, directed by Ang Lee, adapted from Yann Martel’s Booker prize winning novel of the same name seems to be the talk of the town now. From the moment I’d seen the previews, I was not so sure I wanted to go for this one. This would just be another Avatar-clone cashing in on the 3D and ‘jaw dropping visuals’ and nothing else. And I was correct.
Going with the ‘monotonously obvious choice’ for a cast when it comes to a Hollywood movies, Ang Lee went with AAA Indian actors like Irfan Khan and Tabu. I am not saying its a bad choice but weren’t there any other Indian actors who could replace Irfan Khan/Tabu? The most interesting…
Una tigre, il mare & un ragazzo sognatore. Una intensa riflessione cinematografica sulla fede, la vita e la morte.
'So which story do you prefer?'
'The one with the tiger. That's the better story.'
The one thing that is certain about Ang Lee's, Life of Pi is that the film is incredibly ambitious. The special effects are astounding; which they need to be for such a story, and they are mostly used to serve the film. Although, occasionally the effects go off on tangents that impose on the main narrative in favour of stylistic shots that are essentially there just to 'show off'.
The Life of Pi stars Pi Patel as he retells his amazing story of how he survived alone on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. The start of the movie begins with an older Pi telling…
2 Stars for the visuals, 1/2 a star for Richard Paaarkeeeeeeeeeer.
This would have been so much more involving if it was told in a linear format. We would have gone on Pi's journey with him, feeling the pain of his youth and the peril of his journey.
Instead, we get a smug, patronising university lecturer telling his story to an equally smug writer. If anything, this makes me believe his story less. I think it would have been a lot more powerful if the story ended with the tiger walking off into the Mexican woods.
So much is made of the tiger, and all the promo featuring him and Pi, I was really surprised to see that other animals…
Beautiful visuals and interesting story ideas but all under the insanely boring/uninteresting banner of god/religion/spirituality.
A cinematic achievement!! Very few movies tend to leave a lasting impression, and this tale of survival and faith is a worthy addition to that list. Hats off to Ang Lee, in delivering a brilliant character-driven visual spectacle, with flabbergasting special effects and superlative performances from the lead cast! And it’s easily one of the best movies of the year and definitely going to be a strong contender at the Oscars next year.
Coming to the plot, it’s a tale of survival and faith of a young man named Pi hailing from Pondychery, who survived a ship wreck in which he loses his family to set out on a life changing journey and his unforeseen bonding with another survivor, a…
No matter how many times I get to see this movie, it is still visually inspiring. It felt as fresh as the first time I saw it on the big screen. Inspiring film.