It has been 11 years since the novel Life of Pi by Canadian writer Yann Martel became an international bestseller and many people felt that due to the novel’s plot, it couldn’t be successfully converted to a movie.
Well the very creative and Oscar winning director, Ang Lee, has proven the skeptics wrong as Life of Pi is one of the best adaptations of a novel that I have seen and it is also one of the most beautiful movies you will see, especially in 3D.
Young Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) is a thoughtful young chap who becomes interested in, and begins practicing, several different religions while growing up in India. Pi’s father Santash Patel (Adil Hussain) operates a zoo and decides that he should move his family and his zoo animals to Canada for a fresh start. During the ocean voyage to Canada the freighter carrying the Patels and the zoo animals sinks during a terrible storm and the only survivor is Pi, who must share a life boat with a zebra, hyena, orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger known as Richard Parker.
Life of Pi is one of my favourite novels and I was one of those skeptics that felt that a movie could not do justice to the book. Turns out that I was wrong and Ang Lee deserves another Oscar nomination for this remarkable adaptation of this beloved novel.
Some movies are made to be filmed in 3D and Life of Pi is one of those films. The scenes of the storm, the tiger jumping towards you, and the flying fish coming out of the screen are just some examples of the remarkable use of the 3D technology. Even if you do not know the book, see this movie as you will be mesmerized by the visual images.
Until next time, I will see you at the cinema.