Life of Pi directed by Ang Lee is about to hit theatres tomorrow November 21st 2012. A beautiful story about a young man named Pi (played by Suraj Sharma) who embarks on a journey to find his spirituality and faith. An unlikely friendship touches his life when he is left on his own after a terrible accident at sea. He finds an ally and a friend in the most unlikely creature, a Bengal Tiger who sought refuge in the same boat as Pi. So what are people saying about this new fantasy film adapted from Yann Martel‘s novel? Let’s check out the movie review written by David Germain for this new movie: Life of Pi
“The Transcendence of the Movie: Life of Pi
The filmmaker who turned martial arts into a poetic blockbuster for Western audiences with “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and made gay cowboys mainstream fare with “Brokeback Mountain” has crafted one of the finest entries in his eclectic resume in “Life of Pi,” a gorgeous, ruminative film that is soulfully, provocatively entertaining.
Lee combines a lifetime of storytelling finesse with arguably the most artful use of digital 3-D technology yet seen to bring to life Yann Martel’s saga of an Indian youth lost at sea with a ravenous Bengal tiger aboard his small lifeboat. It’s a delicate narrative with visceral impact, told with an innovative style that’s beguiling to watch and a philosophical voice that compassionately explores how and why we tell stories.
Our playful, not-always-reliable narrator here is Pi Patel, played by newcomer Suraj Sharma as a teen and as a grown man reflecting back on his adventure by Irrfan Khan. As a youth, Pi, his parents and brother set out from India, where the family runs a zoo in a botanical garden, to Canada. Pi’s father brings along some of his menagerie on their voyage, including a tiger named Richard Parker with which Pi had a terrifying encounter as a boy.
Their ship sinks in a storm, with Pi the only human survivor aboard a lifeboat with an orangutan, a hyena, a zebra with a broken leg and Richard Parker. Survival of the fittest thins their numbers into a life-and-death duel, and eventually an uneasy truce of companionship, between Richard Parker and Pi.
This could be a one-note story — please Mister Tiger, don’t eat me. Yet Lee and screenwriter David Magee find rich and clever ways to translate even Pi’s stillest moments, the film unfolding through intricate flashbacks, whimsical voice-overs, harrowing sea hazards and exquisite flashes of fantasy and hallucination.
Lee used real tigers for a handful of scenes, but Richard Parker mostly is a digital creation, a remarkably realistic piece of computer animation seamlessly blended into the live action. The digital detail may be responsible for most of Richard Parker’s fearful presence, though no small part of the tiger’s impact is due to the nimble engagement of Sharma with a predator that wasn’t actually there during production, a task hard enough for experienced performers, let alone a youth with no acting experience.”
Read the rest of the review at Star Tribune
Don’t miss Life of Pi in theatres near you tomorrow, November 21st 2012 directed by Academy Award winning director Ang Lee.
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