Friday, November 23, 2012

Life of Pi - My Review

Life of Pi  -  2012  Directed By Ang Lee

Years ago when I read Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi I was instantly struck with the impression that it could never be made into a movie. Director Ang Lee proved me wrong.

Whats even more impressive with Lee's adaptation is he has made a remarkable film filled with indelible performances and visual imagery second to none. This is by far the best movie I have seen this year.

The story is centered on Pi, a young man from India, who is shipwrecked and becomes a castaway on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean for over 200 days with Richard Parker, a Bengal Tiger. It is a story about survival, faith, friendship and religion and hinges on one central question. Is it real? In the book I had my opinion on that question but with the movie I realized it didn't matter to me. What mattered to me was the experience of watching this magical film unfold and I will be going back to see it again, this time in 3D.

A constant gripe with me about movies is that so many lack imagination or even try to show us something new. That is not the case here. I could literally count numerous scenes that are breathtaking in their imagery and scope and come Oscar time Lee will be rewarded for his creative vision, with many nominations.

Rating: 10 out of 10

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