Sunday, February 23, 2014

Life of Pi (2012 Film) Review

 Life of Pi is something I've been meaning to watch for awhile now. It did so well critically that many thought it was possible it would win an Oscar. Though the only thing I knew about the story was a young man sharing a boat with a tiger. Not exactly a thrilling plot from that limited perspective but the story is obviously way more than that.
 The plot begins with the early life of a man named Pi who was born and raised in India. His father has run a zoo for many years but one day decides to move to Canada. The whole family travels by boat, but it sinks in a terrible storm. Pi manages to find a lifeboat and survives with his family not being as fortunate. 
 During the storm, a Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker (a funny nickname from the zoo) manages to climb into the boat. While Pi is scared of the tiger, he manages to find a way to keep a safe distance and to make sure the tiger can survive with the little bit of food and fresh water they can get. With the days seeming endless, both Pi and Richard Parker do their best to survive while they hope to be rescued. 
Overall I can very well see now why it achieved such critical acclaim. The story is brilliant and the visual effects are often gloriously beautiful. It also discusses the issue of religion, where Pi strangely follows three different faiths simultaneously but with one love for God. While I assume it was the author of the original book's intention to make a case for deism, I found the story also shows human tendency to prefer fact mixed with fiction to bear the burden of a grim reality. 

16 comments:

Moscow Blogger said...

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Christine said...

I saw and enjoyed this movie awhile back, maybe I didn't get it all. Good cinematography.

Winnie said...

I've not seen this either yet but the story always sounds so intriguing and friends of mine have loved it!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Fantastic movie.. Love it.. :-)))

Vett Vandiver said...

great movie

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Very good review. I read the book first, and then watched the movie. I loved both very much! The book is much more interesting because it's more detailed, but the movie was extremely well made.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

The book is fabulous too and has some very good discussions of religion and spirituality.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I passed on this one because my kids said it was really boring. I may have to rethink it and give it a go sometime.

The Happy Whisk said...

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Optimistic Existentialist said...

I loved the movie but I didn't know what to make of the ending. The person I watched it with seemed to think the tiger was a figment of his imagination the entire time, whereas I believed it happened. What did you think?

Pilar Domínguez said...

I haven't seen this one because when I saw the trailer the story didn't "catch" me but if you say there is something more than a tiger and a man in a boat...I should give a chance. Kisses:)

Caro * said...

I must see it. This movie looks fabulous by it design :)

Adam said...

Spoiler alert: The book explains it better (I read the summary), it becomes obvious that Pi was the tiger, the zebra was a sailor with a broken leg, the hyena was the angry cook, and his mother was the orangutan.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh wow. Now that makes me want to watch the movie again to see all the hidden clues.

Kay said...

We thought the visual effects were incredible. We took my mom who doesn't really understand English too well, but she loved it!