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Life of Pi - 22/1/2013 8:58:48 PM   


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Ang Lee, who is originally from Taiwan, has successfully visualized the original, Life of Pi written by Yann Martels. This mythical novel becomes a wonderful drama on screen.

Lee is one of the most bravest and flexible directors in film industry; starting from humanity comedy (The Wedding Banguet,1933), martial art film( Crouching Tiger,2000) , science fiction fantasy( Hulk,2003) , romantic drama ( Lust-Caution,2007) and finally to adventure 3D ( Life of Pi,2012). He must be very versatile and smart to adopt new styles to new themes while he sustains the original and basic source in his superb films.

This movie is sad, exciting, stunning, violent, heartless, disturbing, and sympathetic. I mean it offers various feeling to the audience through two hours with arrangement of visual effects in hallucinatory 3D. Well, it has a strong foundation from the prize-winning novel which addresses multifaceted theoretical and religious questions to us.

The story is about Piscine Molitor (Pi) Patel, who is a shipwrecked boy in the ocean, and an aggressive tiger. After the shipwreck, the tiger is Pi's only friend in a life raft for 227-day journey across the Pacific Ocean. Lee solves this story in traditional way: A story within a story within a story. As an old man in Montreal, Pi (by Irrfan Khan) meets a Canadian author to tell the story of his youth and the story that motivates you believe in God.

It starts with Pi (Suraj Sharma)’s childhood in India. His parents own a zoo, so Pi has been surrounded by animal in his youth. He also thinks about religion. He has Hindu from parents, and then he gets Catholicism, and finally he adds Islam.

The family decides to leave India. They board with some of the animals they're selling to Canada zoos. They're headed for Canada, which is opposite with Columbus’s journey. A tempest severely attacks the ship. Pi has been abandoned with a tiger, named Richard Parker.

Pi’s journey is full of parallel structures. The ocean from India to North America is depicted as a magnificently beautiful and spectacular. After sun sets, sea anemones, jelly fishes and stars in sky are illuminated vividly. I couldn’t hide exclamations of delight at the spectacular view. However, I realized that this ocean brutally destroyed Pi’s family. Creatures in the ocean are stunning, but those become critically dangerous. The shining whale becomes a beast and almost killed Pi and the tiger. The dream-like island that gives Pi vital water and fruits becomes a devil-island. The water that Pi drinks becomes acid to kill fishes. Furthermore, the fruits imply that this island actually is waiting for death of Pi.

The journey ends with Pi and the tiger landing in Mexico. Two civil servants for marine department interview Pi about the cargo ship. They don't believe the story about the ship's sudden shipwreck, and a miracle Island, coexisting with a tiger, so Pi has to deliver defense of "the better story." To prove his point, he tells a version of his story without whimsical features. It's a shocking story because human beings kill each other in the separate space.

The Canadian author asks an adult Pi which one is true, and Pi replies: “Which one do you prefer?”

Pi is a number of 3.141592… There is no end. It is same with the ocean that PI has to struggle against. The ocean faced both endless fear and infinite charm. But, it is up to you who make your journey as a scared memory with a miracle or a moment of panic with unforgettable agony.
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RE: Life of Pi - 22/1/2013 9:01:09 PM   

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Welcome to the site

I'm afraid house rules for reviews mean that all reviews go in existing threads - in almost all cases the Empire Admin thread for the film. Could we ask you repost there please?

Also - please stop reposting the same thing.

< Message edited by elab49 -- 22/1/2013 9:04:58 PM >


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