“Life Of Pi”

Movie Review

lifeOfPISome movies make you laugh, some make you cry, some keep you on your toes in suspense, and some offer questions that leave you thinking long after the credits roll. “Life Of Pi”, directed by Ang Lee, is a movie that gives you all of these in one neat package, and is a gorgeous visual journey to boot! Based on Yann Martel’s bestselling novel of the same name and an adapted screenplay by David Magee, this film earned over $600 million worldwide, becoming a critical and commercial success. The film won many awards and nominations worldwide. It received 11 Academy Awards nominations, including Best Picture, and four awards, including Best Director. In addition, it got three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture – Drama and Best Director, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.

The story follows Piscine Molitor Patel, nicknamed Pi, as he is raised in Pondicherry, India. He lives in a zoo with his brother Ravi, religious mother Gita, and agnostic father Santosh. Pi is fascinated by religion, and through encounters with different beliefs becomes a polytheist. One day, his father declares they can no longer keep the zoo, and the family decides to sell the zoo and move to Canada, where the animals will be sold off as well. They board a Japanese cargo ship, the TsimTsum, and travel the seas to Canada. However, a terrible storm causes a shipwreck, leaving Pi the only survivor on a lifeboat along with a zebra, orangutan, hyena, and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Pi must learn to survive these unexpected circumstances, and keep hope alive.

The movie is a true visual spectacle! Every scene is filmed beautifully, with bursting colours, imaginative imagery, and amazing special effects that will suck you in and leave you in wonder. It truly is an amazing feat, and one that should not be missed. It’s even more amazing when you realize they used a pool to film the scenes on the ocean, and yet everything looks absolutely beautiful and realistic in the movie. From giant whales, to hordes of flying fish, to Jellyfish that glow radiantly in the night, you’ll be left hungry for more! As for the plot, it has been executed quite well, with a great script and skillful actors. The movie has some interesting themes it explores, and with a twist ending that will make you think more deeply about the events of the movie. Some might disagree with the story’s message (this reviewer being one of them), however, it is still worth checking out for the interesting story and, in the case of the movie, the beautiful visual adventure.

The movie “Life Of Pie” is recommended for anyone who appreciates fantastic visuals and gorgeous special effects, and for anyone who likes a good story with food for thought. As the movie contains some complicated and depressing themes, along with some scary scenes, it is not recommended for children, but is a great movie for older people! And being the movie that won the most Oscars of 2012, it is definitely worth a look. So if you get the chance to see it, go for it! You’re in for a treat.

By: Sanarya Firya