Created on Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00
Written by Samantha See
Based on the award-winning novel by Yann Martel comes the movie adaptation of The Life of Pi by Ang Lee.
The story begins with our narrator Irrfan Khan sharing a tale with Rafe Spall, a middle-aged novelist in search of fresh ideas for his next work. Originally named Piscine Patel (Suraj Sharma), our young male lead is named after a beautiful French swimming pool but later shortened it to Pi to avoid school bullying and taunting. His family owns a zoo which explains his intimate relationships with animals. Unfortunately, dire circumstances hit and they are forced to uproot and sail for Canada with animals in tow. When a storm hits, Pi finds himself on a lifeboat with a weird mix of animals including handsome Bengal tiger Richard Parker. Here he sets forth his journey of discovering his faith.
In Pondicherry, India, where vibrant colours and lovely architecture abound, director Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) works his usual magic having The Life of Pi beautifully filmed and not disappointing in the 3D department too.
In a book filled with several allegories and an exceedingly long setting in a single out at seas scene, it was previously deemed impossible for the popular book to be adapted to a film. However, Lee and writer David Magee (Finding Neverland) manages to do a more than decent job here by translating Martel's descriptions on screen. Film buffs of book adaptations will be in for a treat, and this is one visually-pleasing movie goers, especially fans of Ang Lee and 3D effect lovers, would not want to miss. You might also like: Trouble with the Curve
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