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This first official trailer for Life of Pi is wondrous and achingly beautiful

Jul. 25, 2012by:

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Having heard of but never read LIFE OF PI, I've never really known what to expect from Ang Lee's upcoming film. Having heard of but never read LIFE OF PI, I watched the trailer embedded below and had no idea what in the world was happening.  That doesn't mean I didn't like it - in fact, on the contrary I dug it more than words can express.  Lee seems to have kicked the visual sense I've always heard him praised for but never myself witnessed (I found BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN to be extremely plain in the worst of ways) into high gear, almost to a Tarsem-like level of "wow."

Here's to hoping that the book's characters and storytelling don't lose too much in the translation to film, because I'd hate for something this gorgeous to be nothing more than that.

For all you fans of the book out there - how does this match up with your hopes, fears, and expectations?

Extra Tidbit: I still keep wanting to type LIFE OF PIE. Make it happen, Hollywood!
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10:14AM on 07/25/2012
"Lee seems to have kicked the visual sense I've always heard him praised for but never myself witnessed ... into high gear."

Don't forget about Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon that was gorgeous to look at!

This is one of my favourite books of all time and it looks like it's been handled perfectly. Beautiful stuff.
"Lee seems to have kicked the visual sense I've always heard him praised for but never myself witnessed ... into high gear."

Don't forget about Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon that was gorgeous to look at!

This is one of my favourite books of all time and it looks like it's been handled perfectly. Beautiful stuff.
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11:00AM on 07/25/2012
Wow, that looks great!
Wow, that looks great!
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12:35PM on 07/25/2012
I don't know much about the book, but I love the way this looks. There are many moments that seem tailor-made for 3D but not gimmicky in the slightest. It's looks very compelling and I get a sense that we'll be drawn into this world. I think Lee Ang is a better director than Tarsem Singh, because while the latter loves intriguing visuals, he can't seem to tell a story as well as Lee Ang. I think it will be important to get the word out and it'll be interesting to see how they market this,
I don't know much about the book, but I love the way this looks. There are many moments that seem tailor-made for 3D but not gimmicky in the slightest. It's looks very compelling and I get a sense that we'll be drawn into this world. I think Lee Ang is a better director than Tarsem Singh, because while the latter loves intriguing visuals, he can't seem to tell a story as well as Lee Ang. I think it will be important to get the word out and it'll be interesting to see how they market this, because moviegoers at large may think it's too "arthouse", but will certainly be missing out on a lot if they do so.
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11:01AM on 07/25/2012
Stunning. Simply stunning.
Stunning. Simply stunning.
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7:41PM on 07/25/2012
yeah....no clue whats going on there but WOW. Definitely eyeball popping stuff....haven't read a synopsis but I'm guessing its about a marooned boy's unlikely relationship with a tiger(???)...
yeah....no clue whats going on there but WOW. Definitely eyeball popping stuff....haven't read a synopsis but I'm guessing its about a marooned boy's unlikely relationship with a tiger(???)...
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12:45PM on 07/25/2012

Beautiful

This is one movie I had doubts about, because unlike the majority I found the book to be extremely well written but a bit boring so I didnt know how it would make the jump to film. Now, having seen this trailer I'm now on the wagon, I couldnt be more excited about this, this looks amazing.
This is one movie I had doubts about, because unlike the majority I found the book to be extremely well written but a bit boring so I didnt know how it would make the jump to film. Now, having seen this trailer I'm now on the wagon, I couldnt be more excited about this, this looks amazing.
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6:42AM on 08/01/2012

Looks phenomenal

Alejandro you need your eyes checked, Brokeback Mountain was beatifully shot
Alejandro you need your eyes checked, Brokeback Mountain was beatifully shot
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5:11PM on 07/25/2012
BOOMSUN
BOOMSUN
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4:08PM on 07/25/2012

Where are all the other animals that are suppose to be on the boat?

Looks beautiful, but will it make a good movie remains to be seen. I have a feeling it's going to be like The Lovely Bones.
Looks beautiful, but will it make a good movie remains to be seen. I have a feeling it's going to be like The Lovely Bones.
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11:44AM on 07/25/2012
A little too much CGI for my liking. Yes, it looked beautiful, but I wasn't in awe because you can tell a lot of it was made in a computer.

Still, I'm looking forward to it because I like Ang Lee and have heard nothing but good things about the book.
A little too much CGI for my liking. Yes, it looked beautiful, but I wasn't in awe because you can tell a lot of it was made in a computer.

Still, I'm looking forward to it because I like Ang Lee and have heard nothing but good things about the book.
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3:33PM on 07/25/2012
Meh, CGI is all I see. The whole movie all I will be thinking is, "that looks fake". Sure its pretty, visually appealing. That is all it looks like to me.
Meh, CGI is all I see. The whole movie all I will be thinking is, "that looks fake". Sure its pretty, visually appealing. That is all it looks like to me.
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