Title: Life of Pi
Director: Ang Lee
Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Adil Hussain, Gerard Depardieu, Rafe Spall
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Coming of Age
Running Time: 127 minutes
Accolades: Oscars for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Score; Golden Globes for Best Original Score
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Based on Yann Martel’s novel, Life of Pi tells a story of a heroic adventure striving for survival.
Having not read the novel and only having seen the ambiguous trailer, I had no idea what Life of Pi would be about. Cut to an hour later into the movie? I still had no clue! The plot felt long-winded and disengaging. I didn’t understand what the “point” of the movie was (and still don’t get it). Cinematically it was stunning with gorgeous shots of landscapes and animals, but it did not provide captivating 3-D effects as it promised. To this day, 2009’s Avatar remains the only movie to deliver an impressive 3-D experience worthy of the higher ticket price. Life of Pi left me feeling cold and simply… bored.
Having read the book and being a fan of Ang Lee, I came into the theater with my 3D glasses and great expectations. I expected a cinematographic feast and a powerful storytelling. The introduction certainly delivered with its beautiful images of India. But the only other impression I got was fear, witnessing the violent images of a tiger attacking a skinny teenager. The motion picture fell short of the adventurous journey, almost fantastical and biblical, as described by Martel.
Ineffective and forgettable. Read the book and let your imagination soar instead.