Flash Movie Review: Life of Pi

I wish I would have seen the 3D version of this exquisite movie. The fact that I am not a big fan of the 3D fad we have been experiencing, should tell you something about the visual aspect of director Ang Lee’s (Taking Woodstock, Brokeback Mountain) incredible masterpiece. Under his watchful eye both actors and animals commanded their scenes, placed perfectly for optimal effect. Based on Yann Martel’s best selling novel, the story was about the survivor of a shipwreck who found himself in a life boat with 4 animals from his family’s zoo. Newcomer Suraj Sharma was amazing as survivor Pi Patel. I found his ability to emote emotions without the use of his voice to be fresh for someone new to acting. Irrfan Khan (Taking Woodstock, Brokeback Mountain) did a beautiful job in his role, being properly confident yet reserved. Now I must talk about a third actor in this film, the tiger. I read that there were 3-4 Bengal tigers used in the picture except in scenes deemed dangerous. One would not have to take a big leap of faith here to realize a live tiger would not be used in scenes when Pi was in the same boat. The fact that I had read about the use of CGI effects made the computer graphic tiger more astounding to me. The big cat was so real looking I could not take my eyes off the regal animal. There was only one scene where the cat looked computer generated. Truly, the level of realism for all the animals was remarkable. I believe this movie will be a topic of conversation due to the different views the audience will walk away with from the open ended story. A breathtaking piece of work that I plan on seeing again in 3D.


4 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 23, 2012, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Definitely sounds good, a nice story and love the trailer, with music by Audiomachine, whom i love.

  2. Can’t wait to see this, the trailer at the cinema was breathtaking.

  3. I just watched this movie, and I have to say – It’s mind boggling! This one’s a MUST watch for all the people who loved the visual treats of movies like ‘Avatar’ or ‘Tintin’. People, GO WATCH THE MOVIE! An unmissable journey! 😀
    A well deserved 4/5! Nice work!

  4. Definitely agree about the effects for the animals, I was blown away.
    Also totally worth going back to see in 3D. I noticed a few moments of annoying stuff flying out of the screen but it didn’t detract. The scene with the jellyfish and the whale was simply stunning.

  5. great review on a thoughtful and apparently very helpful blog.
    since you said that like me, you don’t like 3D, but still you want to see it in 3D i’ll take your advice and try see it that way.

  6. If you haven’t seen the 3D version yet, you shouldn’t definitely miss it. This is a fantastic film. (And you have a fantastic blog.) I myself made a rather long and childish review of Life of Pi on my blog (http://wp.me/p2Sh41-3g). And by the way, I’m a little curious to know about the scene where you thought the tiger looked animated. Do you still remember which one it was?

    • Everyone who has seen it in 3D has nothing but the best comments on it. I plan on fitting it into my schedule. If I remember correctly it was the scene where the tiger was in the water and trying to get back into the boat. But with only one place looking false to me, it still was an amazing effect. Thank you for your comments and can I say when you write from the heart, it never is childish. Keep up your good work.

      • That is the reason I particularly wanted to know about the scene. When the tiger was trying to get back to the boat, there was a certain “artificial” cuteness in its eyes which I found to be a little disturbing. But I was not very sure. Glad to see that you agree with me.

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