Written July 29, 2014
There were setbacks to this movie. "Life of Pi," is visually gorgeous which is an identifiable trait of Ang Lee's style but the story of the film just doesn't measure up to the film's on-screen beauty. What does measure up though is the tense appeal of the drama in the film. This movie thrives off the dramatic tension between Pi and Richard Parker. Whether it is adversarial or sentimental, the two characters just deliver intensity whenever one or both is on the screen. The movie has amazing visual effects and that will appeal very well to the audience. The 3D also augments this visual appeal amazingly. This is a great coming-of-age drama but there are moments when the movie just lags. Screenwriter David Magee does a nice job creating the blueprint for Ang Lee to build the world this fantastical journey takes place but there are moments when there is disconnect and abstract symbolism leaves audiences scratching their heads."Life of Pi" is a good movie. More could have been done with it.
Written December 01, 2012
Whether you read the book or not, this is a great movie. It is thought provoking but in the end a movie of survival. It is a conversation starter. We saw it in 3D. I think it would be good in either, but fun to see the Tiger jump out at you! The only reason I didn't rate as MUST SEE is because I think this is a movie that many will love, most will like, and some will hate. I loved it.
Written December 30, 2012
Having not read the book previously I had no idea about the story except what I had seen on the trailers at the theater. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie but was concerned about the younger members of the audience sitting around me. They were squirming and not involved. I would not suggest it to anyone with children under 10. Some of the scenes are too graphic for that age group and some of the movie is not intriguing enough for that younger children. It is a very long movie, especially if you watch the credits all the way through. Wow, that was a great deal of people who worked on the movie.
Written July 24, 2014
not too long, not too short
excellent movie representation of the book
saw it right after i read the book; i think that made the movie better for me
Written July 24, 2014
My title pretty much says it all. If you are a fan of the book, you will probably feel (as I did) that there are notable disappointments in terms of storyline and characters. But, you will probably also realize (as i did) that the omissions are due to time restrictions. I was disappointed because I was looking forward to seeing how the 2 Mr. Kumars would be handled. The answer is: they are omitted and their characteristics are morphed into Pi's parents. I was most annoyed by the insertion of a love interest for Pi in Pondicherry and the omission of his 3 spiritual gurus. I was also curious about how the film would handle the meeting with the blind Frenchman; the film omits that too. Having said all of that, the characterization and plot are MOSTLY true to the original and what the film lacks in depth/profundity, it makes up for (I suppose) with visually-delightful aesthetics. The casting is spot on; the actors do well with it. It isn't terrible, which is what I had feared it would be.