[Movie Review] Life Of Pi

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Life Of PI

Hey friends wassaaap!! its your boy M.Y. How is the new year treating you so far? You see, I am not supposed to be the only one doing this today. But somehow, fate won’t just let the other guys join in. Oh well..I am sure there would be a popular african proverb for this moment, You could fix it in. Today I would be reviewing the critically acclaimed Life of Pi(pronounced like the mathematical formula). I decided to see it because of all the buzz it has been generating and here is what I think. Please enjoy.

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Synopsis

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A writer (Rafe Spall) who is on a journey to discover his next story meets a man, Piscine Molitor Patel played by Irrfan Ali Khan who promises to tell him a story to make him believe in God. The story which is in fact Piscine’s, is about adventures he had as a boy. As a seventeen year old boy, he survives a disaster at sea and discovers he is not alone on a lifeboat. With a fearsome Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker as a companion for the next 227 days, they share an incredible adventure while learning to accommodate each other.

Director: Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger: Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, Hulk)

Writers: David Magee (Screenplay), Yann Martel (Novel)

Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Ali Khan (The Amazing Spiderman, Slumdog Millionaire), Bengal Tiger, Rafe Spall (Hot Fuzz, Prometheus) and Adil Hussain

 

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The Script

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Life of Pi is based on Yann Martel’s Man Booker prize-winning novel “Life of Pi”. When the novel was released in 2001, it was widely described as unfilmable. It is a metaphorical story about humans’ beliefs and religion and was adapted into a movie by Director Ang Lee and screenwriter David Magee. In a letter to  Martel, Barack Obama described Life of Pi as “an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling”. The screenplay was written over a period of 4 years and after all the hard work, I must say it was definitely worth all the time put into it. When I read about the movie some months back, I was skeptical about how it was going to turn out. For a movie which was going to be about a tiger and a boy stuck in the middle of the Ocean for the most past of the movie, I was starting to see why the movie was believed to be unfilmable. But I was wrong, it eventually turned out to be a master piece in the league of Stories like Forrest Gump. It was a simple story which was translated into an absolutely mind blowing script.

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The Directing

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Director Ang Lee has always been skilled to me. He made the multiple award winning gay drama , Brokeback Mountain (which I never saw anyways…you all know why) and multiple award winning martial arts movie Crouching Tiger: Hidden Dragon (we all remember this one right, the scene in the bamboo trees). But when it came to visual effects and CGI, I had thought that was his weak point. Hulk being my reason for that judgment. The size of the green guy kept changing to me throughout the movie. That opinion was until pi. Mr Lee’s visual effects were absolutely mind blowing. I had no idea Richard Parker was a CGI until I watched an interview about the making of the movie. The movement of the animal was so real, the first time it jumped out, I leaped out of my seat. The cinematography, the visual effects, everything just seemed perfectly done. This is definitely Ang Lee’s best work yet and I am definitely looking forward to future projects of his.

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The Acting

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Suraj Sharma has had absolutely no acting experience before this movie. He is just pure raw talent. His performance was absolutely awesome. I am sure I will keep seeing him as Pi  for the next couple of productions I see him in

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Irrfan Ali Khan brought the experience and quality I have always known him for into this production. His performance in the last scenes of the movie was so captivating, it almost made a grown man cry. Above all, the performance I absolutely loved the most was Richard Parker’s. Yeah I know, he was a tiger and to make it worse, he wasn’t even real, but he did feature for a good part of the duration didnt he? So I hand the absolute best performance to the Tiger (I guess that’s for the Visual Effects Supervisor, Bill Westenhofer )

 

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The Verdict

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Popcorn and Soda it is for the movie. I fully recommend that you see it in 3D so you can fully appreciate the beauty of the movie. But note, you may need some explanation for the ending of the movie. Sorry, just giving you a heads up.