Life of Pi Review
“Very, Very Good, But There Were Better Movies Out This Year.”
January 23rd, 2013
We just got done reading "Heart of Darkness" in my English class, so we 're now watching "Apocalypse Now." I couldn't help but think of my class after watching "Life of Pi" because of one specific scene in "Apocalypse Now." Willard and his crew stop the other boat on the river to search it and end up shooting the innocent people on it causing little to no reaction in my classmates. It wasn't until one of the men violently grabbed the puppy of the boat after they find it that every girl in my class gasped at almost the exact same time. I couldn't imagine how they would react while watching "Life of Pi."
It's funny how most of us have a greater reaction to animals dying in movies than actual people. I'd say that "Life of Pi will definitely take an emotional toll on you, especially the first half.
Piscine Patel, otherwise known as Pi after he couldn't take his classmates teasing him anymore, is a boy troubled by school and intrigued by religion. His father owns a zoo, and he has feelings for most of the animals just as many of us do. He feels sad when they get hurt, and all he wanted to do was see the Bengal tiger close up. But during a crucial incident, his father crushes the young Pi's spirits and takes away the meaning in life that Pi was so desperately trying to find. When his father has to sell the zoo, they move, by boat, to Canada with all the animals on board. Unfortunately, the ship sinks after a violent storm sending Pi out in the Ocean all alone. That is, until the Bengal tiger ironically joins him in the boat and thus beginning their journey of survival together.
I find it odd that a man from India wants to move all the way to Canada for work, but I guess I will blame the book for that. However, I do think that it's a very unique and exciting story. The movie was full of surprises and excitement; I was very intrigued from start to finish. Some of the events that took place were so cool and wonderful that I almost forgot that Pi was stranded in the middle of the ocean. It's a film with a lot of imagination.
It's story flows much more smoothly than most of the waves in the film, and it's only accentuated by the wonderful performance by Suraj Sharma. He did an amazing job, and it was cool how you could notice his body and strength gradually deteriorate, his hair continued to grow, but his will to survive remained steady. Needless to say, it's one film that payed attention to details. It's story is about Pi telling his story to a writer, so immediately we already know he survives, and I think that takes away the majority of the suspense, so I can see what people mean when they thought it was boring. However, I still thoroughly enjoyed it despite knowing how it would end.
Of course, one of the most talked about things of them film is the visual experience, which I have to agree that it was beautiful. With that being said, I think there is a difference in creating a beautiful world relying heavily on CGI than creating something like the "Planet Earth" series for example.
All in all, I think it was a great movie. One that would be enjoyable for everyone. If you haven't already seen it, I would make sure to give it a watch once the chance pops up. If you can, watch it in the best quality possible to get the full visual experience. I, unfortunately, did the opposite, but it was still a nice piece of eye candy.