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Opinion: Life of Pi filled with great moments
By Andrew Chan on November 19, All things considered, we should probably be grateful that a director who has languished for several years in a rut of middlebrow mediocrity has just made his most entertaining film in more than a decade and—thanks to an abundance of lushly imagined 3D—hands-down the most visually splendid of his career. The film could hardly be more buoyant, kicking off with a pop-up-book display of zoological delights: giraffes, monkeys, pink flamingos, and an adorable sloth dangling from a tree fill the screen with remarkable tactility as the opening credits roll. Born in Pondicherry to a zookeeper, Pi proves early on to be a precocious little transgressor of both natural and social norms. The winds rage, the waves crash—and with 3D so immersive it seems to bring the ocean right up to your eyes, Lee milks a tired genre premise for every last old-fashioned thrill it can offer. Perhaps more important, though, are the unconvincing ways in which this simple sea yarn attempts to stretch beyond its own limitations. You have to ask yourself: what happened to despair and doubt and melancholy?
In the author's note that prefaces this vertiginously tall tale, Yann Martel blends fact and fiction with wily charm. Yes, he'd published two books that failed to shake the world - eager, studious-young-man's fiction with a strain of self-conscious experimentalism - and taken off to India nursing the faltering seeds of another. But no, he didn't there meet a wise old man who directed him to a putative "main character", now living back in Martel's native Toronto: a certain Piscine Molitor or Pi Patel, named for a French swimming pool and nicknamed for an irrational number, who in the mids survived days lost at sea with a Royal Bengal tiger. Despite the extraordinary premise and literary playfulness, one reads Life of Pi not so much as an allegory or magical-realist fable, but as an edge-of-seat adventure. When the ship in which year-old Pi and his zookeeping family are to emigrate from India to Canada sinks, leaving him the sole human survivor in a lifeboat on to which barge a zebra, a hyena, an orang-utan and a bedraggled, seasick tiger, Pi is determined to survive the impossible.
There were times, director Ang Lee says with a wry smile, that he envied his fictional film subject. Sometimes things feel harder. Such as making this movie. Life of Pi has been a four-year epic journey for Lee, 58, who struggled to bring Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize-winning novel to the screen. The story of a young Indian boy exploring his spirituality before heading out on an ill-fated journey with his family and a menagerie of animals across the Pacific was long considered unfilmable — especially because a storm leaves Pi alone on the raft with the tiger for much of the story. But the Oscar-winning Lee best director for 's Brokeback Mountain and best foreign film for 's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon persevered just as surely as Pi eventually finds land. Life of Pi opens Wednesday to a growing chorus of critical praise and is widely touted as a best-picture contender.
Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" is a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery. Inspired by a worldwide best-seller that many readers must have assumed was unfilmable, it is a triumph over its difficulties. It is also a moving spiritual achievement, a movie whose title could have been shortened to "life.
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I've never read the book and the only real backstory I had on the film was passing by a poster for it once or twice. Walking out, I was ultimately glad I decided to go see it. While it is not a film without flaws, it is also one that has some great moments throughout its minutes. Life of Pi is the story of Pi Patel Suraj Sharma , a year-old boy who is stranded alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, zebra, chimpanzee and Bengal tiger after a freighter trip to Canada with his family goes awry. The film's plot uses a frame narrative structure, meaning the plot is actually a story told by other characters to cover a long period of time in only a couple hours. In this case, that character is the adult Pi Irrfan Khan telling his breathtaking life story to an aspiring writer Rafe Spall.