Pi chooses the story that he wrote for himself out of that experience. He chooses what didnt happen as the official events of his life. And in that way, he believes in God. First off, what that does is essentially dissolve the story. Dream sequences are moments that better establish the character in a movie. Theres a reason people dont like endings that turn out to be dreams. 90 of the time its not satisfying to find out that you have been duped out of an experience that you were led to believe was genuine of the world you choose to visit at the theater. Secondly, and I may have missed something in translation, but wouldnt this movie be implying that illusion is better than reality, by showcasing that pi s fabled version of his life events led him to understanding belief in God? That you should take the blue pill and stay in the matrix?
As pi bonded with the tiger, i could understand their condition. Its just the two of them and nothing else. Without each other they wouldnt be able to make. But to delve deeper into spoilers pi is mom telling this story to the writer. The writer is taking this all in, enthralled by his perseverance and hope. However, he was promised that this was a story that would make him believe in God. That one could believe it was Gods hand in everything that happened, or one could believe that it was something along the lines of incredible luck and good fortune. However, at the end of the movie, its revealed that the story of pi and the bengal tiger in the lifeboat is a lie, a fable that has overtaken pi s mind. He was not, in fact, the only person to survive in the lifeboat.
When you consider that most of this story takes place in a tiny boat in the middle of the ocean, this is an impressive movie. . Add to that the fact that this movie is based off a book which was considered impossible to film, and youve got a winner. It begins a little slow, but character development helps to connect us with. Pi before his journey begins. The surreal nature of his upbringing serves to help us really believe that he could actually be stuck in a lifeboat with a live tiger, as impossible as that situation sounds. The tiger doesnt even look computer generated, partly because of the skill of the animator and partly because its so easy to look past that and at the bigger picture. Bengal tiger stops being an effect and becomes a character. Its easy to make an audience feel sympathy for an animal because, like this movie says, we project our own emotions and feelings onto them. This movie made me feel something a step further than sympathy.
M: Life of pi : Suraj Sharma, irrfan Khan, tabu
Pi explains where god is in the story. To compare it to another Tom Hanks movie, think about Forrest Gump when lieutenant Dan got mad and started yelling at plan God that he couldnt sink the boat. Imagine an entire movie based on that, driven by the audiences love of the characters alone. It certainly doesnt fail, but the conflict been. Pi and the tiger is all thats there.
If that were to ever go away, the only thing left to keep the viewer engaged are the visuals. After all, you already know the end from the beginning. Before we jump into spoiler territory and the movie starts to seem even worse, lets at least find a happy place to jump off from. This movie looks really, really good. I dont know if its a coincidence or hbo knowingly deciding to air all of its visually amazing movies in one month, but this movie looks great.
Its like castaway, if instead of a volleyball, wilson was a tiger. The story primarily takes place on a lifeboat in open water, and while a tiger may be interesting for a decent amount of time, it cant hold your attention for the full length of the movie. There has to be a catch to all this, beyond the need to survive, some undercurrent of an overarching story. The movie is narrated by an older, pi, describing his story in past tense to a novelist with writers block. Pi s story comes with the promise that by the end he will believe in God.
His journey on this lifeboat becomes an odyssey to find God, wherever he may be hiding, in whatever natural aid is thrown at him. Instead of the ocean being cruel and sometimes forgiving, everything suddenly becomes Gods test. Call me non-religious, but I think thats where most of the problems with this movie come from. Everything that happens in the lifeboat is interesting because its easy to sympathize with animals or well-developed characters. However, the tension this movie attempted to create is driven out by the use of God as an unseen force and by the fact that we see an older. Pi safe and sound in his home. Suraj Sharma does an incredible job acting. Pi and his conflict with the tiger is what keeps the story interesting beyond the question of whether or not they survive, but I feel like its really undercut by the theological; especially when the older.
M: Life of pi ( yann Martel
They sure look nice, but theyre empty images in an already tamed take help on this tale. So much beauty, so little purpose. Well, there is some purpose. Lee: you have some postcards to mail. Two sons are born to the proprietor of an Indian zoo. Over time, he realizes that they could be making more money in North America so he decides to transport the animals and his family on a cargo ship to canada. The ship is caught in a storm and sinks, leaving the youngest son of the proprietor alone on a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean with a bengal tiger in stow.
An orangutan, hyena, and zebra all have brief stays on the lifeboat, but it is Richard Parker who becomes Pis partner throughout it all. The memorably named Bengal tiger, a 450-pound mass of pixelated muscles, fur, and whiskers, is with pi the whole time during the ocean ordeal and their potential friendship is complicated by the tigers wild tendencies. Richard Parker gets several moments to make his mark on the screen, both in some cute scenes and some loud, snarling, angry ones. As far as animal digital effects go, hes a pretty good actor and certainly a convincing presence. And on the subject of animals, the opening credit sequence of the movie is stuffed with them, a charming start that represents some nice, simple condensing of the first chunk of the book. What works in, life of pi is still plentiful geography enough to be enjoyed. The photography is certainly eye-catching, if perhaps too garish, while the production design is impressive, especially when it comes to the ill-fated freight vessel that sinks with Pis family still aboard. The chaos of the sinking sequence is expertly constructed and lee and Miranda make good use of 3D technology to layer the elements and put us in Pis shoes for a brief moment. But when it matters most, they abandon this connection in favor of glowing jellyfish and glassy surfaces touched by orange sunrises.
confound, lee still executes some good scenes throughout and ultimately turns in a watchable movie. With all of my accusations of ill-conceived beauty, i dont want to suggest that lee has made something devoid of otherwise impressive decisions. The choice to present much of the lifeboat portion without voiceover narration is a welcome one, especially considering that the temptation must have been there, given the novels first-person approach. Theres still more hand holding going on than is necessary, as lee and Magee resort to the reading of journal entries or even to the telling of the story by an adult pi (Irrfan Khan) later in the timeline in order to convey certain blocks. The acting, while never spectacular, is almost always serviceable, with the glaring exception of Rafe Spall, whose performance as the author listening to pis story in the modern piece of the timeline is a stiff, wooden bore. But Khan is decent enough, the young boys who briefly take stabs at young versions of pi are fine, and Sharma is likably charismatic to the point that he dominates the camera quite comfortably when the movie is essentially reduced to a one-man show. The animators take over from there, creating a handful of believable animals destined to provide company for our faithful hero.
Eventually, sometime after seeing pi encounter a phosphorescent whale breaching boldly in the dark or a birds-eye-view shot of advantages the boat bathing in the reflection of a starry sky, the movie solidifies its position as an unusually superficial collection of postcards. Fancy, expensive postcards, to be sure, but theres an attractiveness to almost every step of Pis supposedly devastating journey that supports an almost enviable viewing of the events. We know that pi is enduring hardship after hardship on board his lifeboat and makeshift raft (an occasional voiceover vaguely vocalizes the difficulties of starvation but the dramatic anchor is set free every time he encounters a stunning vision. The movie becomes more of a cgi travelogue than a tough tale of willful survival. Life of pi reaches its conclusion, it looked like pi actually had a pretty nice time with a few scrapes along the way. Obviously, such an observation requires some exaggeration, but it gets at the heart of the movies problem: lees decision to give everything a shiny sheen ends up sanitizing the experience to the point of pushing emotional resonance out of reach. Lee has juggled beauty with danger in the past, most notably in his martial arts epic. Crouching Tiger, hidden Dragon, a picture of poetic power both in the visuals and the narrative. The balance he achieved there would seem to suggest that he could be a good match for the material here, but his take.
Life of pi - book
It seems strange to criticize a movie for its beauty, especially considering the wallpaper chief architect of that beauty is a filmmaker as visually and poetically gifted as Ang lee, but beauty is exactly what fells the beast in lees glossy. Adapted rather faithfully from Yann Martels celebrated 2001 novel of the same name, this tale of an Indian boy who calls upon his tripled faith to help him survive an arduous journey aboard a lifeboat in the pacific is filled with visual wonders. As a practicing Hindu, muslim, and Christian, pi (played by multiple actors, but most prominently suraj Sharma on the lifeboat) is a teenager whose love of God gives him the strength to find hope in even the darkest circumstances. The religious angle isnt particularly profound in book or movie, but it provides a nice backbone for the conflict that boils on the open ocean. The problem is that lee gets bogged down in high angles that suggest omniscience and beauty that washes away the harrowing qualities of Pis experienced horrors. The movie sure is pretty, but to the point of unnecessary, even detrimental distraction. Screenwriter david Magee, struggling to cram the most important chunks of Martels novel into an average running time (in this case 127 minutes reduces Pis journey to an episodic trek that never quite seems capable of communicating the pain of the situation in a moving. And then lee comes along with cinematographer Claudio miranda and a talented team of digital effects artists and attaches glittering imagery to each episode.