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.
- 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.