Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee is one of the most visually and spiritually striking 'masterpiece' made in recent times. There were high expectations from Life of Pi considering that it is based on Booker-prize winning novel Life of Pi by Canadian author Yann Martel. Ang Lee does not disappoint you one bit as the film is compelling and thought provoking at the same time.
Life of Pi highlights the true meaning of faith and fate through a visually arresting tale of Pi, a young boy caught up alone in the midst of an ocean with only a Bengal tiger for company. The use of 3D has given a great amount of depth to the film unlike many other films where you tend to wonder why 3D was used.
The part where Pi is on a voyage is a bit slow, but you don't complain as the director makes sure that there is something unique to offer at every turn and the audience don't lose interest. The scenic beauty of Munnar and Pondicherry have been captured brilliantly. The excellent cinematography ensures that Life of Pi justifies the huge budget of $100 million (around Rs 550 crore).
The Life of Pi begins with the older Pi (Irrfan Khan) narrating his 'never heard of' story to an author (Rafe Spell). He tells him about his childhood spent in Pondicherry and his family-owned zoo. Soon, the family relocates to Canada for a better living. Then something devastating happens which changes Pi's life forever. He is the only human survivor with a ferocious Bengal tiger for company on a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. What happens next? How does Pi survive the ordeal and what new does he discover about himself and life? Watch this one for sure!
Suraj Sharma as the adolescent Pi is extremely convincing and good. You can relate to his struggles and insecurities. Irrfan Khan as the older Pi as expected does a terrific job, but his on and off American accent is noticeable. Tabu has a very tiny role, but makes an impression.
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Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Rafe Spall, Adil Hussain
Direction: Ang Lee