Ang Lee’s Life of Pi has the distinction of having both a rich, emotionally charged story as well as stunning visual effects. Within 2 hours, the film arguably delivers what it’s theatrical poster proposed: “The Journey of a Lifetime”.
The movie follows the title character as his remarkable story is told to a novelist. This is achieved mostly through flashbacks.
Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel is from India. In his youth, his family owned a zoo. Pi developed a fondness for a bengal tiger who is mistakenly named Richard Parker. It is their relationship that is tested as both are stranded on a liferaft, victims of a sudden shipwreck.
Interspersed within the fast-paced story an adult Pi answers the novelists many questions. However, it is the question posed by Pi at the film’s end that leaves the audience with an unexpected twist.
Ang Lee takes his time unraveling his vision. As with most “shipwrecked films”, the camera lens never leaves the protagonist. The end result is a heart wrenching tale blended with both amazing visual and audio effects.
This was an exceptional film that will appeal to viewers young and old. The Life of Pi was one of the most amazing movies I have had the pleasure of watching in years.
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