Movie Review: Life of Pi

 

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You’ll journey with Pi and in some parts of the movie, you’ll start to feel Pi’s (and also Richard Parker’s) own struggles as yours.

The way Pi narrates his story is comical with a tinge of seriousness that will make you laugh. How he got his name, bullied by his peers and got away with it, how he practiced 3 religions at the same time and formed his identity, how he lost his ideals and lived in reason. These are the beginning of the story that prepared the audience to the stage of isolation between Pi and the bengal tiger, Richard Parker.

Pi’s survival cohabitating in a single boat and a raft with Richard Parker is the midpoint of the whole plot. Though there is also the zebra, orangutan and hyena to emphasize the survival of the fittest dogma (of how each, (including Pi) are wild animals who are fighting for themselves).

Pi and Richard Parker’s relation aren’t truly about friendship (not as what you expect you saw in the movie teasers),  but also for survival, which is more logical story-wise.

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We got a glimpse of the rich Indian culture and beliefs, and the visual effects and cinematography are impressive. It fused reality and fantasy together, making you want to experience some scenes yourself, Pi’s magical encounter with the sea full of jellyfish, the whale,the mysterious human-shaped island full of meerkats.

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Getting stranded in a single place isn’t a new plot for a movie. We’ve seen Cast Away and 128 Hours as an example, each having different settings, tactics, story  but the same idea (survival). For this movie, it is more focused on religious beliefs or spirituality, and also for choosing what you believe is the truth.

There are two versions of the story given at the end and it’s up to you to choose what really happened. The last part of the movie didn’t leave an impact to me as I would have liked, but having to choose between the two versions of the story and leaving you hanging definitely drove me to the option of reading the book in one of these days.

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3 comments

  1. There’s a lot of beauty, a lot of inspiration, and a lot to look at here, but overall, the story takes over the last-act and sort of leaves a bit of a bad taste in your mouth as you’re leaving. Good review.

  2. Thanks for this post – I loved the narration and the visual beauty of the film too. If you want to find out a bit more about the India culture which inspired the first third of the film, I’ve just published a blog about a trip to India which allows you to tread in Pi’s footsteps, see Bengal Tigers, and have your own amazing shipwrecked experience. If you’re interested it’s at naturalmysticblog.wordpress.com. Thanks again for posting!

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