I have been in love with the book, Life of Pi, ever since I read it years ago. When I found out that a movie was coming out based on it, I just knew I had to see it! Here is my review. Enjoy!
Title: Life of Pi
Director: Ang Lee
Writer(s): David Magee (screenplay); Yann Martel (novel)
Cinematographer: Matthew Jensen
Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, and Rafe Spall
Year Released: 2012
Synopsis: ”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.”
Life of Pi, the novel, is a magical read. It expands your imagination, begs you to dream, and is a tale unlike any other. Life of Pi, the movie, is the exact same thing.
Most films based on books tend to inadvertently stray away from the sensation readers felt when they read the written words they fell in love with. The Life of Pi movie is the complete opposite of most book adaptations. It opened the pages of the novel and brought the author, Yann Martel’s, words to life. With the vibrant colors, and realistic very high-tech CGI, viewers were transfixed every step of the way, as if they too were shipwrecked and living with a Bengal tiger on a lifeboat. Props go out to Ang Lee for staying true to the already amazing novel.
The acting was superb. There was humor, grief, and surprise, and each actor seemed 100% dedicated to their role. But my round of applause goes to newcomer Suraj Sharma, who played Pi Patel. This was his first acting role, and he did absolutely wonderful. According to IMDb in the “Trivia” section of the movie, a live tiger was never actually in the boat with Suraj Sharma. Well, you could have fooled me, because Sharma did a hell of a good job acting as if he was actually face-to-face with a real Bengal tiger. And for a first time actor, that can be a feat.
I did see it in 3D, which the movie was shot in, however I do not feel that the 3D aspect added anything special to the film. The only significant difference between seeing it in 3D and seeing it without, was the hummingbird popping out of the screen in the opening credits. Otherwise, a lot of money could be saved if not attending the 3D screening, and nothing majorly important would be lost.
All in all, Life of Pi the movie is definitely recommended. It is a film that can be seen with the whole family, and one that will sincerely touch your heart. However, I also recommend that you either read the novel before or after seeing the film, because without Yann Martel’s marvelous tale, there would be no compelling movie.
Check out the trailer here:
Have any of you seen this movie? If yes, tell us what you think in the comment section below!
*Note: The synopsis, movie information, and movie poster were taken from IMDB. The trailer was taken from YouTube. The review above is written by me: ©Kalie Lyn 2012*