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Life of Pi (DVD)
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Life of Pi (DVD)
Advantages: Great special effects, great story
Life of Pi is based on the book with the same name published in 2001. I have not yet read the book but after watching the movie in the cinema I was inspired to order the book online within 24 hours! I remember seeing it around in bookshops a while ago but somehow I never managed to get round to reading it.
In this movie, we see Pi tell us a story - in the present day Pi is a grown man, but the story he tells begins from when he was a boy. He takes us back to the time when he, Piscine Patel, lived with his family in the southern city of Pondicherry in India. He nicknamed and shortened Piscine to 'Pi' after being taunted at school for his name sounding like 'pissing'. During this time we also see how Pi went through a period of exploring different religions and how his father was against religion. I really felt that this helped to build Pi as a strong character, particularly as this was also a time when Pi was seen to be getting bullied and teased as school because of his name. In the movie, we see how Pi copes with this and fights back by showing everyone he is much more than a name to be made fun of.
Pi's family are zoo-keepers and around 20 min in to the movie, his father decides to sell up and move to Canada for financial reasons. They take the animals with them as they will be able to sell them once they arrive in Canada. They travel via a Japanese freighter ship but things go devastatingly wrong and the ship sinks during a stormy night. Pi somehow manages to get on to a tiny life boat, but he is not alone. Some of the zoo animals have also made it on to the life boat including a zebra and an adult Bengal tiger. What follows is a magical story of Pi's survival. He is truly lost at sea and with a dangerous hungry tiger with him!
The main part of the movie is the story of how Pi manages to survive at sea and I won't say much more because I don't want to ruin it for anyone. But I will say that in my opinion this was a fabulous movie. I saw it in 3D and although I think around more than half is not 3D, the bits of the film that are 3D are really beautiful. There are a lot of animals in the movie and they are captured in a very beautiful and visually pleasing way. In addition, a lot of the time spent at sea is stunning. As a lot of the movie has animals in it much of the 'acting' by the animals is done using special effects and I must say I was very impressed as I could hardly tell the difference between what was real and what was not.
In conclusion I would say I really enjoyed this film. It's definitely one not to miss - it really is as good as everyone says it is!
Summary: Go and watch this!