19 March 2013

Review: Life of Pi (Movie)

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.

11 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks 3/19/13, 6:55 AM  

Sort of makes you wish you had a nice (drugged up) tiger to pet, doesn't it? Well, maybe not. In any event, it was a shame for the movies this year that so many good ones had to compete against one another, when any of them would have won if it had been a different year!

Julie P. 3/19/13, 8:11 AM  

I just have to see this movie because I can hardly even imagine how the book was converted to the big screen. The scenes I've seen look beautiful!

thecuecard 3/19/13, 9:21 AM  

Yes the film is amazing and even better on the big screen. A must see. Check out my thoughts of it at http://www.thecuecard.com/node/742

caite 3/19/13, 10:34 AM  

Was on the shelf about this one...but now I think I must rent it.

Zibilee 3/19/13, 11:22 AM  

I saw this and loved it, but it wasn't as good as the book. I thought the film was excellent though, and the scenes on the open water with Richard Parker were amazing. And oh, those adorable meercats!

Sandy Nawrot 3/19/13, 11:57 AM  

I'm not sure I would have ever thought this would win the Oscar, but it was a gorgeous movie, primarily for Ang Lee's moxie in making it happen and the effects. it honestly was the best that we, lovers of the book, could have hoped for in a movie.

Bryan 3/20/13, 9:24 AM  

I read the book years ago and was intrigued when I heard they were making a movie based on it. I couldn't imagine it, but then I saw the clips and heard Ang Lee was involved... I can't wait to see this now.

Bryan 3/20/13, 9:24 AM  

I read the book years ago and was intrigued when I heard they were making a movie based on it. I couldn't imagine it, but then I saw the clips and heard Ang Lee was involved... I can't wait to see this now.

Daryl 3/20/13, 9:37 AM  

still not sure i want to see it ... but anything Ang Lee is good

Robin McCormack 3/20/13, 9:58 PM  

I had read the book but wasn't so sure wanted to see the movie. You've talked me into it. Thanks!

Tif Sweeney 3/22/13, 11:55 AM  

I loved this book, and have been really wanting to see the movie! Can't wait to get my hands on it!

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