“I have a story that will make you believe in God”
A very enticing proposal. That is what Life of Pi offers it’s viewers – a promise of magnificent cinema and a storyline that goes against all odds. Since I read this book, I have had the impression that Martel has been playing with his reader’s expectations… is his story real or not? Does Pi survive and travel across the Pacific in a life boat or not? The possibilities are endless and the end result is up to each and every viewer – essentially Life of Pi is a movie that provokes your thoughts and makes you think about not only the existence of God but the thin line between lying and telling the truth.
As far as the film is concerned, it is probably one of the most beautiful cinematic experiences of all time. It is no surprise that the movie picked up 11 nominations at the 85th Academy Awards. Claudio Miranda made his name with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in terms of cinematography, however with Life of Pi, he manages to surpass all expectations. Ang Lee makes his comeback as Director, making this film his third most recognised work after Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
The story line of the film is resonant of the novel, which heightens it’s appeal to readers. When I read this book, I imagined the storms, the carnivorous island, the Bengal tiger slaying the hyena and Pi’s raft – all of which is depicted through stunning visuals and effects. If you haven’t read the book, I encourage you to watch this move; however it will take some patience to finish it. At times, the film may seem like it is dragging on but the main purpose is to witness Pi’s resilience, patience and determination to survive through everything – even after he has lost everyone he loves.
Would I watch this film again? Definitely – it is one of a kind and it’s truly a treat to your eyes. The magnificent Bengal tiger Richard Parker adds the charm and action to the film which Pi was absolutely lacking!
Organised Clutter Rating: 92%