Life of Pi (2012)



Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Beautiful and Immaculate

There are films with impossibly captivating dialogue and story, and others with an unbelievable display of visuals. For the most part, a movie is considered for an award if it has an original story, or at least well-developed one. If a movie is more on the visual-side of the focus, then it is unusual to be nominated for any award.  However, “Life of Pi” was not only nominated for awards on its visuals, but it also won. It isn’t hard to see how or why it won. Many people would find it absolutely simple to define this film as one of the most beautiful films to date.

Irrfan Khan and Suraj Sharma play Pi Patel, a man that for the entire movie, tells a reporter of his life story. The first forty-five minutes of the film dealt with a great deal of character development of Pi; how he got his name, what religions he studied, the girls he liked, his father’s zoo, etc. Finally, the movie really gets into the core of what makes it special, the ship wreck. His father sells their zoo, and they bundle all of the animals onto a big ship, and they set sail. When a strong storm rolls around, something happens that forces the ship to sink, and Pi gets away on a lifeboat, along with Richard Parker, an adult Bengal Tiger. His fear of the tiger keeps him alert, and learning how to take care of it gave him a purpose to live.

The story isn’t the best story to ever hit the silver screen, but it is interesting and it is incredibly intelligent. Who wouldn’t want to see a movie about a boy stranded in the middle of the ocean with a vicious tiger? It’s weird, but can you say you have ever heard of this happening before? You can’t, so the story holds its own, but the real impact of the film comes from its stunning array of visuals, most of which set a new level for artistic movies everywhere.

You can talk about a story all you want, explaining what a movie is about, but the one thing you cannot do is paint a picture accurately to anyone, describing what this film looks like. You can say it is beautiful, it is perfect, it is unlike anything you have ever seen before, but no one will know how it affects your viewing unless you take a risk and watch it for yourself. In a word, the visuals in the movie are indescribable. However, there are moments in the movie where it is loud and clear that this was meant for 3D, and look stupid in 2D. It is very little, but it is there. For example, there is a scene in the film where black bars show up, JUST so they can have 3D fish pop in and out of screen, which would be proper use of 3D technology in order to lessen your eyes from hurting, but doing this on a 2D screen looks obvious.

Also keep in mind that this film is surprisingly spiritual. There is a lot of talk about God in different cultures, including Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam. This all plays a pretty important part into who Pi was, and why he decided to act a certain way that would be different to say, how we would have acted in the same situation. It makes sense in a way, and it is interesting to see a man partake in three different religions at the same time.

The story is interesting and the visuals are out of this world. At any rate, the movie is fantastic and a must see for all. “Life of Pi” comes to Blu-Ray and DVD on Mar. 5!

3 thoughts on “Life of Pi (2012)

  1. Good review Dave. It wasn’t perfect, but holy hell was it beautiful. Ang Lee deserved that Best Director Oscar, even if I feel like the best weren’t nominated at all.


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