This Is Not A Film Review: Life of Pi

Posted on 12 December 2012


Last week I saw Ang Lee‘s film adaptation of Yann Martel‘s novel The Life of Pi courtesy of Fox Studios Australia.

It was a pretty intense experience. The pacing was amazing, it was looked and sounded gorgeous, the animated animals were stunningly executed, the actors were all good. In particular, Irrfan Khan as grown-up Pi was wonderful: restrained, considered, deliberate, passionate.

The one bitter drop in the cup of awesome was that it got all Americanised in the most annoying way they do that: they made its strongest message that you must believe in some kind of god or you aren’t a whole person. So that was annoying. I haven’t read the book, but I hear that that’s not a key message of it.

I did enjoy watching Pi as a little boy picking bits of the different religions around him that he liked and not understanding why that was problematic.

As a character he strikes me as one of those people for whom feeling connected to the universe is second nature and not something he really has to think about much.

Other mentionables:

  • Gèrard Depardieu got credited in the opening titles and he had about seven lines in the whole film.
  • The opening titles were very ‘look, look, we made 3D!’ but they calmed down once it got to the actual storytelling.
  • It’s rated PG but it’s quite violent and very scary.
  • Rafe Spall played the writer was totally hot.
  • I have now added Pondicherry, India to the list of places I must visit.

I hereby recommend it to everyone who can avoid getting too annoyed at heavy-handed religiousness and just enjoy a good ride.

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