Thursday, December 6, 2012

Movie Review: Life of Pi

Life of Pi is a facinating movie that asks questions about faith and is beautifully filmed. 

Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) brings us the journey of Pi and Indian boy who ends up on an incredible adventure.  Pi grows up in India on a zoo. He is a curious boy and always wanting to learn about religion and at one point practices Hinduism, Christianinity, and Islam.  When his father decides to move the family to Canada they pack the zoo up and leave on a Japanese ship.  During the voyage the ship encounters a strom and sinks.   Pi manages to get in a life raft but is joing by some of his zoo animals including a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a bengal tiger named Richard Parker. 

I saw the movie in 3-D and it was wonderfully done.  Ang Lee directed a beautiful movie.  It looks amazing and really enhances the spritual journey of Pi. The effects that made Richard Parker are amazing.  You can not tell the difference between the real tiger and the CG tiger.  I read somewhere that Richard Parker should get a best supporting actor nomination and I see why.  He really is the emotional tie of the movie.  Maybe it is because we know Pi lives since the older Pi is telling the story but we don't know what is going to happen to the tiger. 

At the begining of the movie he says that he has a stroy that will make you believe in god.  While I am not sure it does but it is a very spiritual journey and gives the view somethign to think about. 

Overall 4 out of 5 stars.  Beautifully filmed and great spirituals story. Some might not like the ending and I am not sure if Lee wanted us to feel more for the tiger then the humans or that is the nature of the story. 

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