Film review – Life of Pi

I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye”.

Trailers for Life of Pi had been running for months prior to its release, but does it live up to the hype?…..

Life of Pi is an adaptation of the novel by Yann Martel.  It is a quirky story about a teenage boy who ends up stranded at sea when his family attempt relocate themselves and their zoo from India to Canada.

For me, this film has three different parts.  The beginning is colourful and captivating, it raises your expectations for what is to come.  While the middle of the film has its moments, for me it became a test of my own personal endurance, as I grew weary of watching a tiny boat out at sea and longed for some progression in the story.  The ending is simply ‘ok’!

So why bother watching this film?… It is visually stunning!  I’m no expert, but I would say it is the most effective use of computer generated imagery (cgi), and 3D I have seen to date.  If you’re a fan of tigers it’s worth going to see the tiger in 3D on the big screen!  The tiger is testament to just how far cgi has advanced in recent years.  It is so real that as the film went on I cared less about the fate of Pi, and more about the tiger.

I think this film may be more palatable on a smaller screen, but then you would lose some of the visual impact.  If you’re into special effects and 3D, then go and see it, if storylines are important to you, you may be disappointed.  I haven’t read the book, but I know a few people who have, and they loved it.  Therefore I think the transition from novel to film may not have worked all that well.

See it if you liked: Cast Away, 127 Hours

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2 Responses to Film review – Life of Pi

  1. sarahmoonmaiden says:

    I’ll be honest Beth, I’ve heard people talking about this film and I just could not get it ! Like a tiger and a guy lost at sea ? Duh ? Perhaps it’s all about the 3D effects, but it sounded like a bad idea to me. Happy New year by the way :>) xxx

  2. Magpie says:

    Let’s just say the tiger is not quite all that it seems!… I think you’re meant to be impressed by the ‘twist’, but after sitting through the entire film the twist just annoyed me!

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