Based on ‘Life of Pi’ by Yann Martel
Starring – Irrfan Khan, Suraj Sharma, Tabu, Adil Hussain, Gerard Depardieu, Rafe Spall
Director – Ang Lee
Producers – Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark
Screenplay – David Magee
Music – Mychael Danna
Cinematographer – Claudio Miranda
By Kommal D Seth / Kreative Access Media
When I read ‘Life of Pi’ almost a decade ago in the US, I could have never imagined of it being adapted into a movie. Even though I am not a big fan of books being adapted into movies I must confess that I was eager to see ‘Life of Pi’ film especially because it was being directed by Academy Award winning director Ang Lee.
‘Life of Pi’ is the story about a young boy named ‘Piscine Molitor’ who lives in Pondicherry when it was ruled by the French. His parents named him after the famous swimming pool in Paris, France. He changes his name to ‘Pi’ because he is tired of being taunted with the nickname ‘Pissing’ Patel. Religion plays an integral part in his life and Lee holds on to the essence of the book that is ‘faith in god’ and ‘surrender to god’ when things start going wrong.
A stormy situation leaves ‘Pi’ stuck on the boat with a zebra, hyena, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger. Lee creates a visual masterpiece by using 3D effects. The journey of ‘Pi’ and the tiger ‘Richard Parker’ will keep you riveted to your seat. Lee has managed to capture every emotion of Pi and even the animals so wonderfully.
Actor Suraj Sharma makes quite an International debut; the young actor has done a stupendous job and is sure to win kudos for his performance worldwide. Tabu has once again proved that she can make an impact even in small roles; she plays the role of a protective mother quite beautifully. Adil Hussain, who plays the father, is highly articulate when expressing his thoughts to his sons, and he creates quite an impression particularly in the scene when he wants to teach his son ‘Pi’ a lesson for his careless action with entering the restricted area at the zoo.
Irrfan Khan makes the movie come alive as he narrates the story; his voice is full of emotions especially when he expresses, “All of life is an act of letting go but what hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.” Only a mature actor like Irrfan can narrate something so simply and still make that emotional connect.
Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ is magical realism; it is the perfect balance of storytelling and technical mastery. Honestly speaking, watching ‘Life of Pi’ is a better experience than reading the book; all because of Lee’s visual creations. The movie is bound to do wonders at the box-office, and for sure will make it is a ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ weekend for Lee.
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