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.
Written November 23, 2012
This movie was awesome - excellent acting, stunning cinematography and visuals, and a depth of content rarely seen in today's movies. That said, we attended with our 12 year old biys and they thorughly enjoyed the movie as well. A must-see this holiday season!
Written November 24, 2012
Life of Pi employs visual spectacle to convey Pi's emotional (and sometimes delusional) voyage as castaway in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. But this film is much more than visual spectacle. It is spiritually moving. Philosophers in the last two centuries have struggled with how to reconcile humanity's deeply held religious beliefs with the modern sciences, including evolution. I have always believed that the perfect omniscience/omnipotence of God (or Vishnu or Allah) are better exemplified by His designing the "system" (of natural laws) by which life is created and existence progresses, than simply by speaking the world and its creatures into existence. But one question has always plagued adherents to this idea: Why would God create this (natural and scientific) system but tell humans fantastical stories of creation? Life of Pi answers: Because the fantastical story is better than the real, gritty and tragic one.
Written December 15, 2012
I went to see Pi because of the great reviews I've heard about the cinematography. Not being familiar with the book, I was more or less expecting a Disney type family film. Boy was I wrong. While the movie was visually spectacular, the story itself was equally incredible. Being quite an animal lover, some of the scenes were really disturbing. I'm not sure this movie would be appropriate for younger children. I guess visually stunning, great story-line, and disturbing action sequences are all one could hope for in one film. Also, I'm not a fan of 3-D movies but I wouldn't recommend seeing this one any other way. A must see.
Written November 22, 2012
I will never think of animals or creatures of the sea in the same way since seeing this amazing, mesmerizing film. Slow to start, this intense film builds to an incredible finish of mythic proportions. This is not just a story about human endurance, but an exploration of the nature of God and the individual's place in the universe.