Movie Review – Life of Pi

Posted: June 9, 2013 in Movie Reviews
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What was one of the few brilliant tales I read last year was made into an insipid movie which everyone is currently going gaga. 3D just adds to the caricature. Both the movie and the book promised to say about what is god by the end. Both failed miserably. I didn’t know what I was supposed to understood. But the major difference between the book and the movie is the movie couldn’t capture the naivety of the boy when he’s made to be on his one. Ang Lee could have used at least the voice over and used the words in the book as such because that’s why the book was special not for the mid sea diving and snorkeling.

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Piscline Monitor Patel has an interesting story behind his name. He is named after the one of the most magnificent swimming pool his mama sees. He’s shortly called as Pi, thanks to his cleverness in class. Like every adolescent he too is energetic with varied thoughts and emotions. He has questions for everything. He believes in every religion he comes across and he has good reasons for that too. A reason which makes us smile.

While things are smooth his life takes a U-turn when the ship they sail in along with the animals in Zoo gets sunk. He is survived by Richard Parker, an orangutan, a hyena and a chimpanzee. Once he is in the middle of the sea the human flavor is completely lost. I don’t know what made the crowd drool over the graphics. Yes Richard Parker was majestic but is it why we want to see a movie. Shouldn’t it transcend us to its world? Okay no movie is ever going to achieve what Avatar did because it was not only Cameroons vision it was Cameroons childhood dream too. But you could at least try to do a Hugo. Use the technology to boost the story telling and not just to add gloss to the story.

Watching in the big screen, the whale jumping from the sea and talking a U-turn got huge applause from the audience. The kids loved it whenever Richard Parker roared. But other than this it was a thrill ride which ceased without taking off. While reading the book even I thought that this could be made into a movie. May be I was wrong. Some unknown books are becoming superior movies and some famous books’ on screen adaptation becomes very disappointing. I think it requires a special premonition to know what will work and what will not. A true director’s talent rests there too.

I’m not a big fan of Ang Lee until I watched Taking Woodstock a week after Life of Pi. When a director could be so amazing why would he falter so badly with a movie? Tough times eh! What this movie has done to him is instead of being a pioneer of art he’s now looked upon as a commercially viable director. I don’t know how much the production house’s part lies here. I severely disapprove the poster where Pi stands in the forefront and there is picture of bouncing whale overlapping it. The poster designers have got the entire concept wrong.

The movie is about how a man discovers himself it’s not a simple jolly trip taken during summer vacation. Pi endures a lot during this journey, physically and emotionally and that makes a man he’s during the climax.

I’m not sure as to why I felt the void after watching the movie. I hate to say the clichéd term ‘something was missing’ but this movie makes me to say it.

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