Life of Pi (2012)

Life of Pi (2012)
  • Time: 127 min
  • Genre: Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
  • Director: Ang Lee
  • Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Ayush Tandon


In Canada, a writer visits the Indian storyteller Pi Patel and asks him to tell his life story. Pi tells the story of his childhood in Pondicherry, India, and the origin of his nickname. One day, his father, a zoo owner, explains that the municipality is no longer supporting the zoo and he has hence decided to move to Canada, where the animals the family owns would also be sold. They board on a Japanese cargo ship with the animals and out of the blue, there is a storm, followed by a shipwrecking. Pi survives in a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a male Bengal tiger nicknamed Richard Parker. They are adrift in the Pacific Ocean, with aggressive hyena and Rickard Parker getting hungry. Pi needs to find a way to survive.


  • Saw this movie a couple of days ago, thought I would give it time to sink in. I was expecting a little more from this movie. I thought it fell a little short of what it was being portrayed as, but alas that’s not the filmmakers fault.

    First things first. The story was the strongest part of this film. Yes the movie had impressive visuals but it was the story that really pushed the film through. The ending (I wont give it away) was both confusing and satisfying. Leaving the viewer to make the decision of what they believe or not. Very Nolan like.

    The acting was impressive and the writing, directing were above par.

    Now onto the visuals. Here is my problem with films like this. It’s almost too much visual eye candy. At times I felt the visuals got in the way of the story. They felt a little forced in my opinion. The 3D was sub-par, but the film looked too dark. At times I found some shots to be lacking, after seeing amazing visuals the not so great shots looked even worse. I myself am not a big visual effects fan but the Animals were truly amazing and life like. I know this film will get all kinds of attention for it’s cinematography but honestly I think the VFX shine a lot more and really aide the cinematography along.

    All in all not it was a pretty great movie but not as great as it could have been.

  • Life of Pi is an adaption from the novel of the same name, about a young man and his epic journey stranded on a boat with a Bengal tiger for 227 days. It won four awards at the Oscars and I can see why, it’s an impressive story and leaves a lasting impression. The idea of a guy on a boat with a tiger for two hours doesn’t seem appealing, however they are able to create something full of intense moments.

    Life of Pi begins slowly, with important information we as the audience need to know, however, you just want it to hurry up and get Pi in the boat with the tiger. Once we reach that point, it becomes far more interesting and intense, it does in a sense become slower, but…
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