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Film Review - Life of Pi

Posted on the 13 January 2013 by The Page Lady
Film Review - Life of Pi

Director: Ang Lee

Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Rafe Spall

Run Time: 127 minutes

Certificate: PG

IMDb summaryA young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor ... a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Beautiful, original and highly imaginative, 'Life Of Pi' is a spectacular and incredibly poignant piece of film making that will surely suit any age. Based on the novel by Yann Martel, we follow Pi, along with tiger Richard Parker, on their unbelievable journey at sea. A whirlwind of visual magnificence and emotional resonance, along with the capable hand of an award winning director, this film is, above anything else, extremely unique and thoroughly captivating. And when combined with a sophisticated and intrinsic level of 3D, it becomes a truly immersive experience - one that you'll want to see again and again. Only recently, the film has been nominated for eleven Oscars, and deservedly so, as it is truly a rare gem. 

For those who remain skeptical, and cannot help but question how one might create a film about a boy stranded on a boat with a tiger, there really is no reason to be doubtful. The narrative pacing is efficient and sufficiently developed, with a sense of simplicity and romanticism reminiscent of the classical period of film making. And yet again, Ang Lee's acute directorial focus on character pays off handsomely. Pi, played brilliantly by relative newcomer Suraj Sharma, becomes an unforgettable cinematic hero, particularly as the audience so intimately experiences all the emotional trials that he faces alongside. It gradually transforms into an overwhelming mix of pure spectacle and unadulterated escapism. There really is no life like Pi's.  

The level of spiritualism, nature and power of faith that is explored succeeds in challenging even the most stubborn cynic, allowing one to question not simply whether they believe, but the definition of the word itself. Ultimately, the conclusion of the film will provide the answer. 

Which story do you believe? 
Film Review - Life of Pi

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