Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain
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: