Written July 30, 2014
My wife and I went to see Life of Pi the day it was released in theaters. We went in with cautious anticipation after seeing the trailer and hearing a very positive review. I can say our expectations were fairly high and hopeful. Although it started off a bit slow, it made up for it in spades at the story unfolded and we were treated to such visual splendor and incredible acting. But, in the end, it was the story that made me say as the ending credits scrolled upward on the screen, "That was one of the best movies I think I've ever seen". A day later, I still feel that way. I want to go see it again. Maybe they'll have an IMAX 3D showing some day. At any rate, don't wait to see it on DVD. See it in 3D on the largest screen you can find.
Written March 30, 2015
One of those special films where the credits start to roll and nobody gets up.
I read this book and felt it would be very hard to film so I was very appreciative of Ang Lee;s treatment. Saw it in 3D, though that is I'm sure not necessary. The cinematography is incredible. If this film doesn't win Oscars, I'm having truble speculating what will.
Written January 26, 2015
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 January 31, 2015
The film in general is amazing, great cinematography. The 3-D animation added a great deal to this movie, made it feel like you're actually in the middle of the sea with these two character (Pi) and his "trust-me-trust-me-not" beautiful orange tabby kitty kat.
A family movie night at the most. This movie teaches us (and the young ones) to have perseverance in life.
Written November 29, 2014
Life of Pi's original storyline and stunning imagery really puts you into the movie itself! Ang Lee has did it again...what a beautiful film. It keep you thinking and questioning long after the movie is over. Highly recommended!!