Life of Pi
We all feel a little lonely. I can’t count how many times that I had felt that I was alone on my own deserted island. This was probably because that I was an awkward guy back in high school and I felt that the only way I was going to get through it is to take care of myself. For most of that time, I would depend on myself to get from class to class, making sure that I get those grades without running into a bully. During this time, I never felt more isolated then anything. Part of me realized that if I never got off my island, then I would remain trapped forever. So rather then leaving my island, I took everything that I liked about it and brought it to the real world
Isolation can do a lot to a man, especially if it seems like an eternity has passed. One young man’s journey has everything against him in Life of Pi. There are plenty of wilderness survival stories, but nothing like this one. This journey feels more spiritual then anything. If you felt like that you were going to die, wouldn’t you question whether or not there is a god? The answer can only come, depending on how much hope you have.
The movie opens in a beautifully shot India, where Pi has grown up. His family has owned a local Zoo for a while, and young Pi thinks that animals have souls like people do. His religious background comes from the fact that he was born a Hindu, and then has grown to also worship Christianity and Muslim. All of this is to feel closer to God. His life changes when his father announces that he’s selling the Zoo and moving his family to Canada.
Now sixteen, Pi (played by Suraj Sharma) is anxious about going to another country and leaving his old life behind. One stormy swell puts an end to his plans with the family as the Japanese freight ship capsizes, leaving Pi in a rowboat. But he is not alone. Hidden under a tarp is a fully-grown Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. So how are they going to get along? Thanks to some survival guides and extra food, he learns how to survive out on the endless blue sea. Through out the trek, he learns how to tame Richard and goes through his own stages of a test from God.
Life of Pi takes the prizes as the most beautify looking film of the year. The movie explores the Ocean, India, and even the cosmos of the Universe is some of the most spellbinding 3D you will ever see. Seeing this in 3D is a must. Richard Parker is another feat in visual effects. No actual tigers were used, leading to Richard to be computer animated. Rarely do I know he’s not there. Most of the time, I actually feel like that I can touch him. In a rare combination of artistry and technical feat, Life of Pi merits the best of both worlds, creating an amazing journey about a boy and his pet.
I’ll give this five Bengal tigers out of five. If you’ve ever felt isolated, then Life of Pi will turn any hard part of your life into a spiritual journey. This movie proves that hope is the best weapon to have in a time of suspense. If we work hard enough, then we can get through anything.