Review contains spoilers! If there’s one film that can restore passion towards cinema, it’s Life of Pi.
Life of Pi is a miraculous achievement both in storytelling and visuals, gripping and awe–striking. At first, I found the acting of the animals dubious – they were moving too much like humans, but I stopped questioning it after one point because the story was so enthralling I had to focus on that completely. I really adore that they didn’t flash back into the present during the shipwreck and quite long after that – it made the story more believable and thrilling.
While Pi carries the story from the beginning to the end, with the three different periods of his life – childhood, youth and present time, I still rooted for the tiger. When Pi was trying to feed the tiger, all I could think was the same his father did – but there was this one moment where you could see how the tiger went for the meat in his hand instead of Pi himself, and from there on, this freaking scary Bengal tiger was the one I was rooting for. And it can’t be easy to create this kind of effect without having the animal stripped of its nature or making it talk. Richard Parker1 became a character on his own. Bravo, Ang Lee! Speaking of great things in the film, the carnivorous island was an amazing twist, too – it was unexpected and rather magical.2 You know, the more I think about it, the more greatness I find in this film.
Lately there’s one issue brought up in so many reviews – while everything else is great, films have bad screenwriting. Well, Life of Pi has excellent screenwriting that only adds to the greatness of it.3 There were issues – I think. But since I really cannot remember any today, I’ll just accept that Life of Pi is a great film, and leave it at that.
Plot: A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.
Director: Ang Lee
Writers: Yann Martel (novel), David Magee (screenplay)
Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain
1 Such a great name, don’t you think?
2 Plus I adore meerkats.
3 And wow, does it make me smile how there was a love story that was small and not in focus!