Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Life of Pi Review
The film is a lot like Cast Away in the fact that there's a lot of screen time where Pi is the only human and he has to interact with animals and inanimate objects. This is a lot easier to do in the book because the narrator can take his time and paint a picture of what is happening. Translating that to an actual picture is a very difficult thing to do. But Lee does it perfectly. In the scenes where not much is happening on the ocean, you still get a real sense of loneliness and despair from the proper use of camera angles, a perfectly still ocean and the resulting abyss in the water's reflections.
Other than the fantastic visuals that absolutely envelope the imagination, there isn't a whole lot to say. The book relied on painting that picture and so does the movie. But I must say that the casting was done very well too. In particular, Suraj Sharma is brilliant as Pi Patel. Just like the fantastic performance by Tom Hanks in Cast Away, Sharma takes you through all of the emotions that you might expect in his predicament without fault. From out loud laughter to tears, you feel just about everything due to his performance. He also looked like he could grow up to be Irrfan Khan who does a very solid job as the adult Pi.
If you haven't read the book, you can still enjoy the movie first. I don't think it would ruin the book for you. But if you have read the book, you should still love the movie because it brings all those imaginations you had during the reading to life (the island in particular). In either case, see it.