Thursday, November 29, 2012

Movie Review: Life of Pi

Movie: Life of Pi
Genre: Drama
Starring:  Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain
Rating: PG
My Rating: Two thumbs up!

I loved this book. Loved. So when I heard it was going to be a movie I was nervous. Then, when I saw the trailers, I felt much better. It truly looked like it was going to be amazing! And I couldn't wait to see it!

So over the Thanksgiving break I managed to fit it in. (Strange how hard it is to get out to a movie sometimes.) And it really was amazing!

Of course, as we would expect from those awesome trailers, the cinematography is spectacular. I can't even describe how beautiful everything looked.


Then there's the story which the movie sticks to the book amazingly well. (I read it a long time ago, so I may have missed details, but my son who just read it for school was very impressed.) I love how a story about a boy on a boat with a tiger can be so much more than that!

Then there's the acting. The kid playing Pi was fabulous! Perfect for the part.



And then there were the special effects. We ended up seeing it in 3D which I loved. I know some people would rather not, but when the ship sinks and we end up in the water with Pi, it totally felt like we were IN THE WATER with him! There were actually many moments like that, the feeling of being right in the movie. But the tiger? Was it real or wasn't it? If it wasn't real, it was the best not real animal in a movie I've ever seen. If it WAS real, wow, how'd they get it to do that? No, I think it wasn't real, but it was such a good not-real tiger that you will totally think it's real. Or at least wonder like me!



Of course the music was also awesome. How could it not be? :)


I worried about the ending. The ending is a pretty crazy one, at least for some of us readers. But they did an awesome job with it too, and you leave the theater thinking... wait, what? Just like the book. And from there it gets you thinking about all sorts of other things. I love that.

Bottom line: I loved it. I laughed, I cried, I was wowed.

The trailer yet again, just in case:


14 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you liked it. I've been so nervous about this movie!! I thought for sure the end would be some dumb hollywood trick or something. I think this is a story that has to be told, not watched. I think I will give the movie a try now.

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    1. Kami: The end is breath taking in its simplicity. Yes, do give it a try.

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  2. I'll definitely be seeing this one :) Thanks for the review!!

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    1. Jennifer: Let me know what you think!

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  3. I haven't read the book yet. I want to, although I'll be honest, I had no idea it was about a boy and a tiger on a boat, lol, until I saw the trailer for the movie. I'm glad that the movie is good and follows the book well. I'll have to check it out. :)

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    1. Jenni: It's about that on the surface, but about WAY deeper things in reality. It's awesome.

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  4. I thought this movie was amazing too. :) I LOVED the book, but I really didn't think it was possible to translate it to film. The book was much better than the movie (IMO), but the movie deserves credit for being as awesome as it was considering the difficulty of the story line. :)

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  5. :( I wish I could have gone with you. I can't get anyone to go see it with me. Looks like I'll be the loser alone at a matinee. :)

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  6. The trailer looks great and I loved the books, so I might go and see it! at least, your review is tempting me very much to do so. :)

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  7. I saw it over the holiday weekend too and just loved it. I too paid for the 3D and I'm glad I did. It was just stunning (even though it gave me a headache). Ang Lee did a terrific job -- as did all the actors. nd the special effects were amazing. Such a relief they did a great job on a book that I thought would be difficult to film.

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  8. The tiger was fake. They had four different tigers on set though to study and use for graphics. Very cool! Excited to read the book then watch the movie!

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  9. So glad to hear that it sticks to the book!! The cinematography definitely looks amazing and now I cannot wait to see this one for myself!! I'm still wondering how they pull off the ending though!! :)

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  10. Loved it too! So impressed that it stuck so close to the book and was BEAUTIFUL to boot. I'm expecting it to win some awards for cinematography. Oh, and the dude who played Pi needs an award too! :)

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