Written November 27, 2014
This movie was a treat. Cinematic. Touching. The primary actor playing Pi was phenomenal. If you want to see a movie that will make you FEEL something, and that has something to say about the human experience, this is for you. If you're only interested in mind-numbing blockbusters (not that there's anything wrong with that; I like those too) you may want to stay away. Ang Lee has created a masterpiece here IMO.
Written March 07, 2013
Overall: I rank this movie #2 behind his previous "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon". It is not as well balanced as the latter.
3D: Helps to maximize the visual impact & poetic feel -- just outstanding!
Part 1 (before ship wreck): Storyline is most intrigue, with introduction of Pi's personality & believes.
Part 2 (after ship wreck): Unfortunately, the visual has taken over the storyline. It gets boring after a while. My companion had yawned more than a few times. Ang Lee had forgotten to keep up with developing or exemplifying Pi's character from Part 1.
Part 3 (after rescue): The flip-flop ending that touches some philosophical points would have been more palatable if Pi's character & believes are more fully developed before this part.
Movie's take home message: none too clearly or ambiguous at best. Is it about relation between nature & human? Or about survival of human & animal? Or about unbelievable vs. believable?
Written October 02, 2014
Not what I expected from the trailers. Started out a little slow, but once it got going, it was quite good. Special effects in 3D were awesome. Well worth the trip to the theater. The animal attacks may prove troublesome for younger viewers.
Written December 16, 2012
Some critics have worked hard to come up with things they did not like about The Life of Pi. The story touches upon religions, but does not probe deeply and it does not come up with any conclusions. The story uses a contrived device of the old Pi telling his experience to a journalist. The story is exciting in the middle, and not remarkable anywhere else.
These criticisms seem rubbish to me. It is like watching Gone With the Wind and complaining that the Tarleton Twins did not really look like brothers. The Life of Pi is so unlike any other movie, and so beautiful to look at, it does not have to apologize to anybody. It can be described so simply -- A boy at sea is trapped on a raft with a tiger. He has to figure out how to make the best of it. That is just what it is. The profundity past a certain point must come from us. There is real beauty in the world, and in the ocean. And there is death and suffering. We are bound to taste both. Think of that!
Written December 26, 2012
Life of Pi in 3D is an amazing experience.
The story is engrossing, based on the novel of the same name, but the computer graphics is done so well, you think the protagonist is actually sharing a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.
I strongly recommend seeing this movie, if, for no other reason, for the visual experience.
In addition, seeing the world from the point of view of an engaging Indian teenager is worth it in its own right.
I thought at first that the religious themes would turn me off, but the religion is an integral part of Pi's character, and it is interesting to see the world through his eyes, even if I don't see it that way myself.