1 April 2013

Life of Pi


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.

5 comments:

  1. Now you made me wanna see the movie and read the book. I remenber when it was in the cinemas but i never thought it would be that good to actually make the effort and go see it. But i could start with the book;-)

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  2. Good plan! It's a bit slow at the beginning but don't give up! Same with the movie, come to think of it.

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  3. I have recently seen this one as a sort of anti-dote to my persistent diet of old movies. Am now wondering if I should read the book as well. I liked the movie, visually stunning but also original, moving and thought-provoking, though I don't think it is destined to become a favourite of mine. It did, however, confirm my belief that cats are indeed gods. The ancient Egyptians were right, after all. These days I address all stray cats I meet with "Hello, Richard Parker!"

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    1. This was an interesting comment, Alexander. Cats are indeed as close to gods as we can get and Richard Parker is a good one. Since you enjoyed the movie I would recommend the book. I was quite overwhelmed by it and both book and film are among my favourites, though I have neither re-read nor re-seen them yet.

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    2. This was an interesting comment, Alexander. Cats are indeed as close to gods as we can get and Richard Parker is a good one. Since you enjoyed the movie I would recommend the book. I was quite overwhelmed by it and both book and film are among my favourites, though I have neither re-read nor re-seen them yet.

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