Friday, April 12, 2013

Movie Review: Life of Pi (2012)

Life of Pi movie posterLife of Pi (2012) - Directed by Ang Lee; Written by David Magee; Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain.

By Kenny Howell

Ang Lee picked up his second Oscar for directing for this beautiful adaptation of the Yann Martel book.

Writer Pi Patel, played by the wonderful Irrfhan Khan (The Lunchbox) tells his life story to a writer, mostly the story of his journey from India to Canada. His father owned a zoo, and when the town decided to stop supporting it, he decided to move the family to Canada. That included selling the animals as well.

However, the ship they were traveling on wrecks and Pi is thrown out to sea. He makes it to a lifeboat, but he has visitors - a zebra, hyena, orangutan and Bengal Tiger. Needless to say, the Bengal Tiger is the one that survives, and Pi must form a bond with him to survive.

I didn't get a chance to see the film in 3D, but I could tell it was probably gorgeous. The whole film is, and it just shows how versatile and impressive Lee can be. He has never been afraid to try different genres, and he has excelled at many. But most of all, whether it be Sense and Sensibility, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or Brokeback Mountain, Lee knows how to tell a story. Life of Pi is a story of survival, but it also about much more - family, bravery, becoming a man, dealing with loss, dealing with grief. It really is impressive, and the ending really brings it home.

Rating: ****

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