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Life of Pi
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Apr 2, 2013 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Ang Lee

Actors:
Suraj Sharma
Irrfan Khan
Adil Hussain

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Adapted from Jann Martel's 2001 novel, Life of Pi sees a teenager named Pi (Sharma) struggling to survive on a lifeboat with a fierce tiger.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Yann Martels 2001 novel Life of Pi was widely considered to be an unfilmable work. Ang Lee took this as a challenge and ended up making one of the most acclaimed films of 2012.

Told in flashback by the adult Pi (Irrfan Khan), his story picks up pace when his father (Adil Hussain), a zoo owner, decides to relocate the family from native India to Canada, where he can sell off his animals for profit. A storm picks up and the ship sinks, killing his family and all but a tiger, a zebra, an orangutan, and a hyena, who all take shelter on a lifeboat with the teenage Pi (Suraj Sharma).

Whether Pi survives the 227 days at sea or not is no mystery. And so Life of Pi isnt a survival tale in the typical sense. It is, instead, (at least partly) about Pi going from frightened boy to dominating, capable man. And its fascinating to watch this transformation, primarily because of the performance of Sharma, who spends the bulk of the movie acting alongside computer-generated creatures.

Yet, there is a deep religious purpose (agenda?) to Life of Pi. Its not necessary to be a follower of Christianity or Hinduism or Islam (or, in the case of Pi, all threea clever sidestep from the author, so as not to cause boycotts) to appreciate the story, but those that dont will, I think, have a harder time connecting and get less from the experience in the end. (The rest of us may find more significance in Pis adopted name, taken from the infinite number.)

As the Academy Awards showed, Life of Pi is a visually stunning piece of work, one comprised of flawless CGI from Rhythm & Hues Studios (they previously won statues for their work on The Golden Compass and Babe), who, along with Lee and cinematographer Claudio Miranda, make every shot in the middle portion of the film gorgeous. Life of Pi also won Oscars for Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score.

THE EXTRAS
A Filmmakers Epic Journey (1:03:23): This feature-length documentary covers everything fans would want to know about Life of Pi, from the source material and themes to the special effects and editing. Interviewees include director Ang Lee, author Yann Martel, actor Suraj Sharma,

A Remarkable Vision (19:35): Rhythm and Hues Studios effects artists discuss their work on Life of Pi, which earned the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright (8:35) looks at the character of Richard Parker, both as an actual tiger and computer-generated animal.

Gallery

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Also included is a DVD/Digital Copy.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Ang Lee's Oscar-winning Life of Pi has an incredible lead performance by Suraj Sharma and is one of the most gorgeous-looking films of the past decade. But its religious themes could turn off some viewers, limiting its audience to only those of certain faith. Supplements include a feature-length documentary, a look at the visual effects and a piece devoted to the tiger.
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3:39PM on 04/03/2013

Visually stunning

I really enjoyed your synopsis and facts that you included in your review here. There are many movies I have regretted not seeing in the theater, and Life of Pi is one of them because it is a visually pleasing movie. I had the Blu-ray waiting for me in my mailbox the day he came over to watch because my DISH Blockbuster @Home sends me any movie available in Blu-ray right to my door without any extra charges to get it in Blu-ray. Between balancing a family, work and time with my friends, I
I really enjoyed your synopsis and facts that you included in your review here. There are many movies I have regretted not seeing in the theater, and Life of Pi is one of them because it is a visually pleasing movie. I had the Blu-ray waiting for me in my mailbox the day he came over to watch because my DISH Blockbuster @Home sends me any movie available in Blu-ray right to my door without any extra charges to get it in Blu-ray. Between balancing a family, work and time with my friends, I love the convenience of avoiding a drive to a kiosk or a store.
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12:17AM on 04/02/2013
It didn't win the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar...that went to Best Picture winner Argo.
It didn't win the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar...that went to Best Picture winner Argo.
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