Written January 27, 2015
Having read 'Pi' ten years ago, I wondered how the book could ever be filmed. Ang Lee has surpassed all my expectations. The film is visually stunning--the most gorgeous and seamless use of CGI ever. The performance by the young lead actor is pitch perfect. Lee and his screen writer have taken a complex piece about philosophy, religion, relationships, self-knowledge and trust and made it exciting and accessible. Bravo.
Written November 22, 2012
I could not imagine how The Life of Pi could be turned into a movie. Ang Lee has created a film which is harrowing, visually stimulating and relates the story of the book perfectly.
Written April 25, 2015
If ever a director captured my imagination as I read a book, it is Ang Lee and Life of Pi. From the voices/dialects to the emotions of angst and despair to the developing co-dependent relationship with a tiger, he captured on screen what my imagination created when I read the book. And he did justice to the literary genius of the story line itself! I would see this again in the theater, it's that good!
Written November 22, 2012
Masteful three way coordination between the director, technical effects crew, and screenwriter. The book has several enigmas, and I was very curious how the screenplay would handle them. I was very pleased to have all the enigmas survive intact, I left the theater with as many questions as I had when I closed the book after the last page.
One beautiful visual image after another.
I had tears in my eyes on more than one occasion.
Written November 25, 2012
Wonderful ideas, wonderful cinematography, wonderful acting, wonderful animal wrangling, beautiful story telling. An incredible, gorgeous, lush, spectacular, film, exquisitely realized.
Even the editing is worthy of mention -- I have rarely seen a film, especially one involving a LOT of different kinds of special effects, that "read" as seamlessly as this one. It's the kind of film that you don't want to get too specific about because it's important not to look for any one thing in it, and you don't want to offer any spoilers.
If you like films that offer something a little deeper than straight ahead narration, go. If you like films that explore the relationship between animals and humans, go. If you like action and adventure (but don't mind the other things which are just as important), go. If you like sheer beauty -- go.
Just go. And go see it in a theater. This is a movie that will be nice on a small screen, but really is fabulous on the big one.