Movie Review: Life of Pi

To say that this film is visually stunning would be the equivalent of saying that Sophia Loren is “cute.”  The word “stunning” does not do the film justice.  The state-of-the-art computer-generated imagery (CGI) has been elevated to new levels, creating sights that will often leave you in a state of disbelief.

Based on the book of the same title, it was considered un-filmable… until now.  With the help of the aforementioned technology, this story of a boy marooned on a lifeboat with a 450-pound Bengal tiger comes to life in startling semi-reality.  Director Ang Lee once again proves his versatility as a filmmaker by putting the power of the computer into seamless integration with live action that is emotionally satisfying and at times downright scary.

As the two- and four-legged leads learn to co-exist in their tiny, sea-tossed world, it creates the framework for a quasi-religious allegory that challenges the moviegoer to make weighty judgments on morality by the end of their odyssey.

I found the film to be well worth the journey and, if you can wear them, the 3-D glasses actually give the film an even greater visual punch.  By all means see it with a lady friend – it will make for wonderful post-cinema conversation.


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