Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 2h 7min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | 21 November 2012 (USA)

Life of Pi is based on the book by Yann Martel. I read the book before the movie had came out, but unfortunately, I had no idea what I have just read. The only thing I remembered was about a young man and a tiger on a boat. 

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From the trailers, the movie did look beautiful. It also looked interesting to know a little about the origins of the main character. Ang Lee, the director of Life of Pi and some other really good movies such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain. It looks like Lee had done the ambitious by making this movie.
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I saw the movie on DVD because when the movie first came out in theater, I really wanted to see the movie, but did not had the chance to. The movie came out when I was in high school. At that time I did not have any friends and did not want to watch it alone in theater. 

Life of Pi is a story about Piscine Patel or “Pi”, who tells a story to a writer (Rafe Spall) who wanted to know how the origins of his life were like. So, Pi tells his story about him as a teenager (Suraj Sharma), who grew up in India, was introduced to various religion as a child, and his family owned a zoo.

When his family decided to sell the zoo, they wanted to move all the way to Canada by ship. The saddest part was when a shipwreck had occurred, Pi had survived and the rest of his family did not made it because they were asleep. He was castaway on a lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan, and a Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker. However, when three of the animals died, Pi and Richard Parker started having a connection with each other on the boat.

The acting of the two actors who played the different versions of Pi. Suraj Sharma played Pi as a teenager, and he delivered a great performance. His innocence, religious curiosities, and emotions were all believable. Irrfan Khan also delivered a great performance playing Pi as an adult, it was interesting hearing his story about Pi’s struggle to survive.

Ang Lee did an excellent job in directing Life of Pi. The character development and vulnerability of the the character Pi was felt after watching the film. Especially the part when it was the last time Pi saw Richard Parker without saying goodbye and looking back at him. Very emotional moment. After seeing Life of Pi, I really wanted to watch some of his other movies.

Life of Pi is a magical experience that deserves to win multiple awards. Definitely a timeless film for other major filmmakers to reference and learn from. The story telling and the visual are breathtaking. Highly recommended. You can watch Life of Pi on Amazon here or FandangoNow here. 

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