My movie opinion of Life of Pi in one word: Disturbing.
If Les Mis 2012 had me in a constant state of bawling and sniffles, Life of Pi movie had me in a constant state of fear. Not the garden variety oh-shucks fear, but the one eliciting a fight or flight mental response. Loneliness, sadness, and courage in a single character’s life journey.
Deliciously intelligent (subtle and symbolic, even), salaciously depicted on film (although I hesitate to read the book since I was not as enamored to the exploits of Pi guy as my other friends were), and filled with magical realism (or was it magical reality?!), Life of Pi can keep you on your toes the entire time.
The final question of Pi to the write just haunted me. He had two stories. And admittedly being ignorant of the book version, I was not sure if the Bengali tiger version of it is real or symbolic. But it did not matter as much. I even had to rewind that part (thanks again, VLC Player!) just to make sense of it.
I don’t think I’ll be able to find a cuter real-life Bengali tiger than Richard Parker, though. So much soul in those eyes.
The story did not have the oomph factor I expected. Perhaps, my friends overhyped the whole thing and catapulted my expectations. But the visuals were stunning, even to the point of stress. The glow in the dark effects completely won me over and made me regret that I watched a bootleg on tablet video this evening. These are the films worth watching in 3D. If you got blown away by Avatar’s lighted jellyfish and God the Mother lair scenes on IMAX, you’d love Life of Pi on the same screen as well.
Somehow, I felt that if Pi went through all that and survived (forget that this is fiction!), I have some hope inside. 🙂