Life of Pi review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
Life of Pi is a film that attempts to split viewers right down the middle in that in the end the entire movie is about making a choice, that choice being, are you a realist or a dreamer?
For this reviewer, both the book and the film, are the stuff that dreams are made of.
Life of Pi tells the story of Pi (Suraj Sharma), a teenage thrown into a terrifying situation when the freighter his family are travelling on sinks leaving his floating in a vast ocean in a small boat with a bengal tiger named Richard Parker. What follows is a captivating and beautiful tale of friendship, fear and hope.
THe film is every bit as emotional as it is visually stunning with there being a great amount of detail having gone into the creation of a unique world. The film is bright, colourful and takes advantage of the films exotic story to really show off. The film also deals in some pretty weighty topics such as religion, race and love but never allows them to overpower the overall message of the film.
Pi’s life is a fascinating one that cannot be described and has to be seen. Filled with hidden meanings, the film begs to be watched a second time to truly understand what the film is trying to say. The film is engrossing from beginning to end even when the only two characters are Pi and Richard Parker for most of the films 2 hour run time.
The film is moving and inspirational but most of all it’s unique cinema that is unlike anything you have seen thanks to a director (Ang Lee) who truly knows how to tell this story with the kind of flair and originality that the original novel had even though many told him that it was unfilmable