Life of Pi
Director: Ang Lee
- Based on book by Yann Martel
- Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu, Rafe Spall, Gérard Depardieu
- Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
- Irrfan Khan – Slumdog Millionaire, The Amazing Spiderman, Darjeeling Limited, The Namesake
- Tabu – The Namesake
- Rafe Spall – Shaun of the Dead, A Good Year
- Gérard Depardieu – La Vie en Rose, Paris je t’aime, Boudu, Hamlet, Jean de Florette
- Why bought: the book
- Seen: January 6, 2013 at the movie theater with Hal, B-Is and ÖB.
Oh what a film! What an achievement! When one of the best novels ever written becomes one of the best movies ever made – well. Once in awhile the universe slips into a moment of harmony.
Who could have believed it – a novel that was impossible to film. A shipwrecked boy in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.
No, they don’t become friends. This is not a kid’s-pet-of-the-week movie. It’s an existential action drama about life and nature. And it’s incredibly exciting and beautiful. Overwhelming ocean storms, glorious skies, explosively surging whales. And of course a snarling clawing tiger.
One asks oneself how they do all that. Or not. It’s easy enough to just accept the wonder of it.
Read the book. Then see the movie. Hindu-Christian-Muslim Pi promised his story would make his listener believe in god. It didn’t. It went one better. It made me believe, in case I didn’t already, in the impossible artistic achievements of us humans.
10* of 10.