Review: LIFE OF PI

By Renee’ Collins

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

The television trailer for this film touted it was the next Avatar and that got my attention because I absolutely love that film.  A young man, Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma), survives a disaster at sea and is forced to make an epic journey of adventure, discovery and survival while in the Atlantic all the while having to deal with a Bengal tiger, the only other survivor.

A writer (Rafe Spall) begins the film by asking the present day Pi (Irrfan Khan) to tell his tale of survival in the Atlantic and throughout the entire movie we go back and forth from present to past as he regales him of his fantastical story.  To say this story is interesting and different is an understatement.  There are beautifully done scenes and the computer graphics are outstanding.  I wonder how much footage of the Bengal tiger is real because it is not easy to tell while watching.  I found it astonishing that having to deal with the tiger actually helps keep Pi alive because he is not only trying to save himself from the elements but the tiger as well.  There are some aspects to this film that are otherworldly and understandably some were strange but I didn’t really mind it too much.

There were two things that bothered me about this film.  First, it was in 3D and yet again it there was absolutely no value added at all but actually quite ridiculous.  And, second, it was a bit too long because I found myself wanting the story to progress quicker.  Overall, I find this film to be visually and mentally stimulating because it is impossible to imagine living through such an ordeal with or without having to deal with a Bengal tiger.  There is no reason to see it in 3D and I would wait for the DVD.

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