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 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.
Written November 25, 2012
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 November 24, 2012
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 December 03, 2012
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!!