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on 17 July 2013
The Life of Pi was well worth the wait. I've watched it twice now, and is one of those films you will never tire of. Ang Lee has brought us many great films, but this must be one of his best works ever. It is not only visually stunning, but also will leave you wondering. Was it all an allegory?
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on 27 September 2013
The story goes: A Canadian writer (Rafe Spall) has been told that an Indian called Piscine 'Pi' Patel (adult Pi = Irrfan Khan), who lives in French Canada, has a wonderful story to tell. Piscine tells the writer how he came to have a name which has nothing to do with mathematics. He tells of his childhood in Pondicherry, India, how other children ridiculed Piscine's (age 5 Gautam Belur, age 11/12 Ayush Tandon) name, and how his father, a businessman, decided to create a zoo. However, in time the zoo can no longer be afforded and the animals are to be sold in Canada. The family and animals are travelling there on a cargo ship but it's shipwrecked when a storm brews up. The teenage Pi (Suraj Sharma) survives the disaster and is afloat in a lifeboat together with an assortment of animals including a feisty Bengal tiger called Richard Parker.

Of all the aesthetically pleasing movies I have seen Life of Pi (2012) has to be up there with the best. I watched this on a Blu-ray and from the opening moments I felt as if I were almost watching it in 3D. The colours are exquisite, the characters seem to stand out from the screen, and the attention to detail was amazing; for example, at the beginning during the opening credits, we see a monkey swinging in a tree and then a letter from one of the names onscreen drops and swings. It goes without saying that the CGIs and special effects were outstanding. Truly, although my Blu-ray collection is not yet extensive, Life of Pi makes the others seem to be far from High Definition.

I began watching Life of Pi (2012) with not the slightest idea of what the film would be about other than a youth and a tiger being adrift at sea. I have not, as yet, read the book by Yann Martel. Some reviewers have written spoilers for this movie, revealing the conclusion of the movie. No spoilers here. Watch and be surprised by adult Pi's revelations, as I was.

If you buy the Blu-ray (or DVD) be sure to watch the extras about how the movie, which took 4 years to make and cost approx. $120 million, was made. Fascinating stuff. A real tiger called King was involved in the making of this movie and the real tiger is cleverly used in the movie together with a computer generated tiger. It's not easy to tell which is which and the director, Ang Lee, was fooled when shown CGI images of the tiger before the film was finalised. In the extra footage, we see close up photographs of the face of King and the CGI (computer generated image) side by side and the latter is incredibly realistic. The CGI tiger was slightly larger and, to me, looked a bit more friendly! The extras are very informative about the making of the film, of finding the young actor, Suraj, who had never acted before. I strongly recommend watching the movie first though because once you discover how it was all made then the movie might lose some of its magic for you. This is an interesting webpage that you might find interesting about the making of the movie but, again, I wouldn't want to see it before I'd seen the movie: fxguide.com/featured/life-of-pi/

Something that very much interested me was that Ang Lee and the Life of Pi movie team utilised the knowledge and experience of Steven Callahan, who was adrift at sea on a raft for 76 days after his sloop capsized, and bore hunger and heat while being attacked by sharks and being overlooked by passing ships. Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea, available at Amazon. Another thing that caught my attention and let me know Pi had arrived in the Caribbean was the flying fish. They are the national dish of Barbados. A wonderful moment, when the fish had 'flown' by with a predator swimming behind them, was that Pi was covered in fish scales.

While the movie is rated PG, I think some of the scenes are quite harrowing and really are not suitable for children, especially younger ones.

VJ - (website) Movies and Books World
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For economic reasons 'Pi's' family has to sell up, leaving 'India'
for a better future in 'Canada'
the family and many of the animals from the zoo his father owned
on board, they set sail.
In the middle of the ocean a ferocious storm leads to the ship
sinking, before which 'Pi' had been persuaded to board the lifeboat,
before anyone else can do so the craft breaks loose.
'Pi' is joined by a 'zebra' that had fallen from the deck, the fall
leaving it badly injured.
'Pi' throws a life-jacket out to sea pulling in the 'tiger'
a 'Hyena' and 'Orangutan' are among 'Pi's' early guests on board, quickly
falling out of course.
'Pi' had forgotten the 'Bengal Tiger' he'd pulled in earlier unaware it
was underneath the boats canvas.......he was soon reminded.
'The two survivors have to put aside their natural instincts if they
are to co-exist in the middle of the ocean, somehow trust has to grow if
either or both are to survive.
This is 'Pi' and 'Richard Parker's' ( the tiger ) story of an unlikely and
remarkable friendship against all odds.
A bonanza of stunning special effects, a visual masterpiece............
not to be missed.
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on 24 July 2013
A simply wonderful story about a boy who is stranded in a lifeboat with some animals after a ship carrying his father's zoo animals sinks in the pacific ocean near the Mariana's trench. It appears that this whole story is a metaphor for what happened to some human survivors told from the perspective of the boy as he sees them in animal form. You never really know which is actually the case. But the story is beautiful. The boy is surprised when, after falling from the ship as it is going down, he climbs onto a lifeboat which is occupied by a zebra, a Bengal tiger, a hyena and later an orangutan. The story is told by the survivor, now a married man living in Canada. He tells of his background life as a member of an Indian family in India and how they started a zoo. He also tells the amusing story of how he got his nickname, Pi. This leads into how and why his family left India to pursue better prospects in Canada.

His experience with living with the tiger on the lifeboat is absolutely fascinating and the computer imaging used is really superb with only a couple of times where it can be noticed that you are not dealing with a real tiger. The story is captivating and engrossing as well as photographically beautiful, one image that is not easily forgotten is a whale shark as it swims underneath the boat, or the whale hunting krill or the beautiful reflection of the sky in the calm ocean.

A wonderful film.
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on 29 May 2017
Once you get passed the fact that this film is neither mathematically inclined nor is it about the trials and tribulations of chicken and mushroom encased in pastry it is actually rather good.
Stunning visuals backed up by excellent quality sound made this a film that I hadn't really wanted to watch in to one I wish I'd seen at the cinema.
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on 26 March 2017
A fantastic film that I've already watched three times, and no doubt will watch yet again at some point in time. Wonderful photography that will astound you and the story line really grips your attention.
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on 1 March 2017
The Blu-ray disk works fine now. Initially, the Blu-ray played OK until the middle of the film and stopped. It was the fault of my cheap PC disk player. I bought a free-standing Samsung Disk player; problem gone. By the way, a strange but great movie. The music is ace.
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on 13 April 2017
Absolutely fantastic film, visually stunning, suitable for children over 6, quite long but well worth the watch - excellent soundtrack too.
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on 1 April 2017
An inspired film and touching storyline. Very clever ending that gets you pondering which version of events are real. The CGI is superb!
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on 12 June 2013
starts off slightly too slow but....

i loved it, right up until the last second, its one of these films you have to ask questions and make your own mind up, which depends on your outlook of life which you decide what really happened.

9/10
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