Life of Pi – review


Ang Lee, the famous filmmaker form Taiwan is among the most versatile of all times. One moment he will come up with a martial arts movie and next moment, he will make a movie about a spy. One moment you see him make a movie, which describes a gay relationship and the next, you will see that he has made a movie about the US civil war.

He started off in 1990s and got established very well. Today, his popularity seems to grow with each movie that he releases because each movie has a charm of its own, which is very difficult to beat.

His styles vary each and every time so that he can bring in new subjects. A few themes may be recurrent such as family disruptions and young people struggling through physical and moral challenges but you will find no obsession at any point of time. Not only does he make sure that the image quality is superb, he gives close attention to the language too.


Yet another proof of his standards is his latest film, adopted from the famous novel written by Yann Martel, Life of Pi, which was adapted by David Magee, an American writer who has many films to his credit such as Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and Finding Neverland. Right from the very beginning to the end, the movie is dripping in magic and mystery. The 3D effects only make it better. The tone of the movie is just like that of Robinson Crusoe, which Laurence Sterne re-wrote.

Both the central characters got their names by an accident, which was rather comical. The main character, Piscine, is played by three different actors, each representing a different age (Gautam Belur is the five-year-old, Ayush Tondon is the twelve-year-old and Suraj Sharma is the sixteen-year-old Piscine). He was named Piscine after the famous swimming pool in Paris, Piscine Molitor, because it was his uncle’s favorite pool.  However, he later decided to change his name to the mysterious number and Greek letter Pi because his fellow schoolboys made a lot of fun of him and passes pissing jokes because of his name. Later on, he sees a Bengal Tiger in the zoo, which is caught by Richard Parker, the English hunter.


Pi starts a spiritual journey soon as he is influenced by the meaning of life and religion as he grows up. The very curious boy and his religious journey are showed with respectful wit in this movie. He refuses to take up his father’s rationalism and makes up an all-new religion, which is basically an amalgamation of Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism. His faith goes through testing times as his father is forced into relinquishing the family zoo. Here Pi realizes that he was no different from the animals there in that he was also nothing more than a captive.

The adventure is simply epic and you will thoroughly enjoy the survival stores, which makes about half the movie. Don’t expect it to be along the lines of Peaceable Kingdom, in which the lion and the lamb end up sleeping together peacefully. This is extremely different and Pi has to learn how to grow accustomed to it. The 3D used is utterly fantastic and so are the remaining graphics. The technicians in Lee’s team have made the movie what it is – life-like. Pi Spends 227 days at the sea and is tested spiritually, mentally, and physically. Suraj Sharma has done justice to the role.

Life of Pi trailer

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