Life of Pi – Movie Review

Doubt is important. It makes us think. And what we think, defines us.

Piscine Molitor Patel (Ayush Tandon) had doubts in his mind and so he questioned and bewildered others. A Hindu by patrimony, Piscine-turned-Pi chose to follow Islam and Christianity too. Pi believed in god (or wide range of gods).

Pi’s rhetoric and reasonable father, Suraj Patel (Adil Hussain) teaches him the values and truth of life while his ever beautiful mother, Gita Patel (Tabu) always thought that Pi is just a baby. The happy family owns a zoo in the small and suave Pondicherry which has the magnificent royal Bengal tiger named Richard Parker and few other animals.

Pi grows (Suraj Sharma) and read Kafka. Bored of usual and ineffective occurrences of life, Pi questions life. Eventually the family decides to leave India and move to Canada while selling the animals to Americans. This devastates Pi and breaks his heart.

With all the animals, Amma, Appa and Ravi, Pi departs. Thunderstorm!

For unknown reasons the ship drowns, marooning Pi on a life boat amidst the infinite Pacific. But he is not alone. A zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and Richard Parker also share the dinghy. Thus begins the life of Pi.

Life-of-Pi

Based on the Man Booker’s prize winning novel of the same name by Yann Martel, Life of Pi is an Odyssey of unbreakable spirit, unmatched bravery and unshakeable faith.

Filled with tempestuous artistry, Life of Pi was a challenging literature to turn it into a film before director Ang Lee accepted and conquered. “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”, “Brokeback Mountain” and now with “Life of Pi”, Ang Lee proved that a great novel can be a great movie of equal and even greater passion. With cinematographer Claudio Miranda, screenplay writer David Magee and VFX studio Rhythm & Hues, Ang Lee invented a never-seen-light-on-eyes 3D experience.

Vibrant and violent Pacific, lifelike Richard Parker, brain-dissolving artwork, blink-stopping underwater footages, bioluminescent sea and Pi’s determination, all engineered together splendidly that will definitely leave your mouths open long after you end popping popcorns in it.

Irfan Khan (older Pi) humbly tells the story of his life in the film. But the true emerging star is Suraj Sharma, who was lucky enough to be featured in Ang Lee’s project and acted exceptionally well while floating above the harsh water. Adil and Tabu have a feeble presence but looked perfect in every screen. Ayush is sweet and mind-stirring. All together with soul calming music of Mychael Danna is an inspiration to be felt inside. Pi’s Lullaby with Bombay Jayshree is one Tamil song that soothes till the core.

Is it God that helps Pi in his quest of survival? It remains a perception and an unsolved question.
Life of Pi is an eye candy and a food for thought. A film that makes you think and believe in something miraculous and extraordinary.

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