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Life of Pi (Blu-Ray ) 2016
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and survival in Nature that is both ruthlessly hostile and equally beautiful by turns.
Suraj Sharma is an incredibly attractive teenager whose spiritual character is
glimpsed through his earlier childhood and his closely-knit family in India. Suraj
embodies universal values as he stumbles across the enlightenment offered by
various religions, Hindu, Muslim, Christian.
Having decided to leave India for Canada, the family embarks on
an old Japanese freighter with the animals from their zoo. Hoping to start a new life,
their lives are ended in a typhoon. Only Suraj survives, in part, because of his curiosity
about nature. The epic, lonely journey of this young man as a captive of the Pacific Ocean,
subject to its whims, reveals and develops his hidden strengths and weaknesses.
The ingenuity and faith of this boy, forced into early manhood, aided by
a lot of luck or fate enable him to survive many threats to his survival.
An inspiring story of a modern Robinson Crusoe in exotic settings,
enhanced by incredibly beautiful photography that makes Nature
a leading character as well.
If you've not read the novel, and reading isn't your thing, please watch the movie. Please watch the movie with an open mind. There is SO much to take away from Pi's incredible journey - no matter where you are in life, or where your faith (or lack thereof) lies.
Okay, that was the English teacher in me typing. Now to hear from the movie fan.
The visuals are stunning and enhance the storytelling superbly. The acting is top notch. My only complaint is the contrived romance between Pi and Aninji. This is not a part of the novel and does nothing to enhance the movie. The whole sequence should have been cut to make room for an expanded explanation of Pi's conversion to Islam - the one thematic element that is lacking in the film (which speaks volumes about Hollywood and American politics). On the whole, though, Ang Lee delivered a fine film that lives up to the vision of Martel as I understand it.
Ang Lee's Life of Pi (2012) takes you across the Pacific Ocean from India to Mexico and ends in Canada. It's an epic of breathtaking aquatic visuals from visionary director Ang Lee. Lee cleverly uses aspect ratio to fill up a screen full of seawater, stretch the image to allow flying fish to leap out at the viewer, and widen your horizons with a mesmerizing whale sequence. The whale encounter is definitely my favorite scene in Life of Pi.
Lee's CGI team really outdid Avatar in taking you somewhere. The deep blues and brights yellows really pop in Life of Pi. The ocean looks real as does the intricately detailed tiger. You see plenty of real animals in the beginning of Life of Pi and while you can slightly tell the tiger, Richard Parker, is fake, you are never pulled out of the film. The tiger moves and feels like a realistic animal struggling to survive just like the boy.
Suraj Sharma is a pretty good actor for making you care about him being lost at sea for a majority of the film. He is compelling as you see the fear stemmed inside him through his shocked eyes. Each movement feels deliberate from Sharma. Much like Lee's slower deliberate pace, Sharma makes you feel like you are stuck at sea with him.
I most appreciate Irrfan Khan as the narrator and the adult Pi. He is the moral and philosophical heart of Life of Pi. He presents you his character Pi's life story with a grounded emotional delivery. You are immediately invested in his life. While not all of the movie will hit you hard, Khan's portions always grip me with his serious and spiritual style. He poses an unforgettable question at the end of the film.
Rafe Spall is also a good framed narrative character. His author seeking a story gives the audience a way into the strange and magical tale being told to him.
Tabu is great as the mother of Pi, but she gets very little to do or say. Lee certainly underused her. I like Pi's father too, but some of the CGI around him early on looked pretty fake. You only ever notice the CGI when it's a stray fish that's too shiny or a person's face aged a certain amount of years. Lastly, Gerard Depardieu is in Life of Pi as a racist cook for some reason. He's terrible and bland like a parody of himself. No idea why Ang Lee wasted screen time on him. I think Lee needed to cut down Life of Pi by maybe 10 minutes or so as it does feel too long. I was captivated by the story and visuals the entire run-time, but it's slow pace wears you down after a bit.
Overall, Life of Pi is unlike other survival films. It's more emotional and beautiful than Castaway. It captures more grand natural storms than The Perfect Storm. It rivals the exotic spirit of The Adventures of Tintin. I'd also say Life of Pi took some of Scorsese's magical fantasy tone and style from Hugo and brought it a new life. Life of Pi is therefore similar to many movies, but a refreshing experience all its own. The visual stimulation is sure to entertain most audiences unless you just don't like tigers.