By now pretty much everyone has heard of the Academy Award-winning film Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee and based on the book by Yann Martel. I missed seeing the movie in the theater but recently watched the BluRay at home.
In a word, the movie was amazing. The special effects, the acting, and the absolutely gorgeous scenery alone make this a don't-miss movie. But of course there is also the moving story of the shipwrecked Pi and his weeks surviving in a lifeboat with a hungry full-grown tiger while coping with the loss of his family and trying to hold on to the hope of being rescued.
The novel was not an immediate or obvious choice for the big screen, and few directors could have pulled it off as spectacularly as did Ang Lee. Suraj Sharma, who played Pi, had the burden of carrying the bulk of the movie. What makes his performance especially impressive is that Life of Pi is his first role. According to the BluRay extra features, Sharma didn't really have any acting ambitions, and no one was more surprised than he was to have been picked for the role.
In my opinion, Life of Pi has deserved all its awards and critical acclaim. Here's the official trailer:
Thanks to Think Jam and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment for providing me with a review copy of the movie.