Life of Pi – Oscar winner Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel has hit the screens and the reviewers have given a thumbs up to the creative marvel. It has been described as “certainly one of the most-talked about films.”
The movie casts Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Gérard Depardieu, Tabu and Adil Hussain, in this 3D movie.
A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor … a fearsome Bengal tiger.
Piscine Patel or Pi- lives in Pondicherry along with his parents (played by Tabu and Adil Hussain). Pi’s passion for animals has been nurtured as his father runs a zoo. Destiny has it that Pi’s dad sells the zoo. Pi, now a teenager, sails off to Canada along with his family. A shipwreck later Pi (Suraj Sharma) finds himself on a 27-foot lifeboat with an injured zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a Royal Bengal tiger.
The movie tries to create a visual magic that plays out most of its two hours narrating about what happens on the boat.
Reviewer Lisa Schwarzbaum from the Entertainment Weekly termed it as a visual treat. “Everything looks beautiful in Life of Pi. The dangerous animals look beautiful. The terrible storms look beautiful. The crashing ocean waves, the twinkling stars, the wondrous carnivorous island on which the hero at one point lands — pure gorgeousness, shimmering with all the wow that superlative 3-D technology has to offer.
Lee’s bigger theme isn’t God or survival, but the awesome adventure of making the imaginary visible, the adventure of making movies.”
Joe Morgenstern from the Wall street journal applauds Ang Lee’s art of storytelling.
“Mr. Lee’s film is stronger as a visual experience-especially in 3-D-than an emotional one, but it has a final plot twist that may also change what you thought you knew about the ancient art of storytelling.”
Lee has managed to bring out the best by offering stunning visuals of the scenic Pondicherry. Lee has been applauded for bringing in a fine blend of technology to the art of story telling.