There are movies that come along that when you witness the trailer it just slaps you in the face with its epic look and feel. Life of Pi was one of those movies with visuals that were amazing, but very little regarding the story. It kept the audience intrigued without ever really knowing what to expect. With brilliant director Ang Lee at the helm and James Cameron’s effects team bringing it to life can this film deliver more than just a pretty film and step into something more?
Life of Pi follows the son of a zoo keeper in India who decides to move to Canada for a better life. After a huge storm the freighter is shipwrecked stranding him in the middle of the ocean on a lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan, and a Bengal tiger fighting for survival. There is so much more to this movie than just the epic visuals of the trailer. The story is told similar through a conversation of a writer and a man telling of this remarkable journey of this life. The story delves into more than just a sea stranded boy and some animals, but also deals with faith and the struggle to find what belief through this unbelievable journey. The story itself delivers a touch of religion as well as a love story that touches a bit on every aspect of them. As the story moves along you are sucked into the life of Pi as he tries to find his way, but just as everything starts to work for him another question or struggle is placed in front him that makes the story that much more interesting. Once the shipwreck occurs the film takes on an almost Castaway approach, but with the tiger taking the place of Wilson. If the trailers make you wonder how it is possible for these two to coexist on this raft together, have no fear the film makes it all make sense telling the story in the most believable nature possible. There is an unexpected relationship that forms between these two characters without ever stepping too far out of reality. The visuals are amazing to witness. Most of the animals seem to be CGI, but look as real as can be giving this film an even more epic feel delivering a film that will not soon be forgotten.
Once again Ang Lee showcases the brilliance as a director to create a film like no other. Filled with everything you could want and more in a film, this is the kind of film you experience instead of just watch. The 3D didn’t add a whole lot to the film other than give it a bit more depth, but didn’t hinder the beauty of it either. This is a film that should be seen in the theater just due to the scale of the visuals and one that will not soon be forgotten when award season comes around.