Life of Pi - Review

The visual effects are simply spell-binding and movie buffs are certainly going to enjoy the fare just for that!

Reviews 23-Nov-2012 2:23 PM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee, is based on Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name. The story is about Piscine Molitor Patel born in a zoo and has lived his entire life with animals. The going gets tough in the zoo and Pi’s father decides to shift the zoo to Canada along with the animals. The ship in which they travel sinks and Pi ends up in a lifeboat along with Richard Parker, a Bengal tiger, an injured zebra and other animals.

The film’s writer David Magee has done a good job by including most of the characters in the book but has substantially shortened some of the characters like the Orangutan and hyena.

All three actors as Pi, in different stages, have done justice to their roles. Suraj Sharma as the Pi in the boat, Irrfan Khan as older Pi and Gautam Belur as the kid Pi, have played their parts well. Tabu, as Pi’s mother, doesn’t get too much of screen time and has managed to exhibit her acting talents in whatever screen space she could manage and Adil Hussain does create impact as Pi’s strict father.

Ang Lee’s direction is exemplary and he does bring out the spirituality of the story well. The director has also been able to get into the depth of the story and there lies his strength.

The visual effects are simply spell-binding and movie buffs are certainly going to enjoy the fare just for that!

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