This thought-provoking tale of survival on the high seas works on a variety of levels, but best of all it is a visual feast — brimming with wondrous, memorable images.
-Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
A thought-provoking religious parable. Profound, haunting and beautifully made.
-Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
Life of Pi, the latest from Taiwanese director Ang Lee, is an absolutely stunning piece of film-making that should be seen by everyone. Lee masterfully adapts the 2001 novel of the same name about a young Indian boy (Pi, short for Piscine Molitor, the name of a swimming pool complex in Paris he was named after) whose zookeeper Father takes the family on a voyage across the Pacific after deciding to relocate to Canada. What transpires isn’t exactly a surprise to anyone familiar with the source material, as the ship encounters high seas, floods and capsizes, leaving Pi as the lone
survivor surviving human…
Stranded on a lifeboat…full of escaped wild animals.
As Pi explains later in life, “This is the story that will make you believe in God”.
A MUST-SEE in 3D.
Done the right way and filmed with actual 3D cameras instead of a poor post-conversion to boost ticket prices (see: Clash of the Titans, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc.), Life of Pi has some of the most mesmerizing 3D imagery you will see in a theater. Other than possibly 2011’s Hugo, this is the very best use of 3D in a film to date.
SPECTACULAR VISUAL EFFECTS.
The special effects in Life of Pi are so life-like it’s incredible. There are a wide range of things happening in this film that couldn’t possibly be shot in real life with real cameras and it is impossible to tell. Wild animals attack, massive lightning storms surge, magical islands are discovered..and it all looks as genuine as practical effects.
IT IS SPIRITUALLY AND EMOTIONALLY PROFOUND.
If all this sounds great so far, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Life of Pi isn’t just a substance-less visual spectacle, it is a spiritual and emotional journey that manages to entertain while exploring the truths of religion. So much more than just bells and whistles, this film digs deep into heavy themes and ends with a very satisfying and profound thesis that blends perfectly with the spectacular action taking place.
There are tons of animals in this movie. Animals are fun and awesome to watch. However…if you have a weakness for this sort of thing, bring the tissues. These animals are wild and like to kill and eat each other. That’s what they do, and it can get kind of gruesome.
GOOD OLD-FASHIONED ADVENTURE.
On top of everything else, it’s just a great high seas adventure tale. If you don’t want to find any deeper meaning in it, you don’t have to. It entertains on all levels. On the surface, it plays as a classic castaway-esque narrative of trying to survive at sea. And it is very good at it. Come for the adventure, or come for the spirituality. Your choice.
Animals have souls… I have seen it in their eyes.
If every unfolding we experience takes us further along in life, then, we are truly experiencing what life is offering…
It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.
All of life is an act of letting go but what hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.
It was a time filled with wonder that I’ll always remember.
Above all… it is important not to lose hope.
So, those are a lot of reasons to see Life of Pi. Here are a few more: If you want to see an astonishingly realistic bengal tiger snatch beautifully colored flying fish out of air from a lifeboat, or a breathtaking phosphorescent blue whale leaping over a sea of illuminated jellyfish in three dimensions, this movie is for you. It’s practically for everyone besides maybe small children and people who hate animals.
See it and see it in 3D. The glasses are annoying but that’s okay, it’s worth it. It’s rare that I would classify a film as an “event movie” that’s worthy of seeing opening night with the crowds in 3D, perhaps even multiple times, but Life of Pi is one of them. An emotionally rewarding film that is also a staggering feat of technical genius. Don’t miss this.