There’s been a lot of talk about of this film and of course it came out around a month ago for American audiences, but the trailers for this film have been in full force in the cinema. I have seen it every time I have gone to watch a film in the last month and a half. At first I thought the film was just gonna be a CGI fest with some boy and a tiger, nothing more. But then I heard a lot of commotion about the film and saw many good reviews so I decided to have a look. So was Life of Pi good? Well it was definitely an experience yo.
So the story in this film involves a young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor… a fearsome Bengal tiger. The story in the film is pretty impressive, if a little out-there for my liking. Some of the stuff that happens in this film although incredibly realistic is also very strange and bizarre too. I surprised to learn of Pi’s history and how much backstory his character was given prior the incident that left him stranded at sea. While the backstory was relevant I did just want it to speed up so we could get to main meat of the film. The whole fight for survival that Pi and Richard Parker the tiger endured was fascinating and remarkable; the journey that they go on from initially being enemies to having to rely on each other to survive was quite touching. There is a lot of drama, emotion and humour to be found in the film that isn’t shown in the trailers, but that’s what makes the film so much more enjoyable. Overall the story is good but there were a few inconsistencies and moments that could have been better.
When it comes to the characters there’s only really one person to talk about and that’s Pi himself. To be honest this character goes on an incredible journey, one that most people probably wouldn’t be able to endure and then live on to tell the tale. But Pi did. And this whole film could have sucked if not for the great central performance from Suraj Sharma, he covered all emotional based and carried the film completely through all of the bizarre, chaotic, sad and hopeful times Pi endured while out at sea. Sharma really was charismatic and handled the role so well in my opinion. And then there’s Irrfan Khan as adult Pi, I didn’t know that there was going to be an adult version of Pi looking back on his adventures, but Khan was there to recount his story and he was really good in the role. You could see that adult Pi remembered everything very vividly and the way he talked to the writer about his adventure was funny at times to points where it was just really sad and Khan was very good.
When it comes to the presentation it is virtually flawless, and probably the most impressive of the year. The visuals are just spectacular, some of the CGI used for the animals was nearly completely seamless to the live-action stuff tanking place and while most of the film was just special effects to the maximum it didn’t detract from the film and just brought you in deeper into the film. Some of the scenes achieved with the CGI in the action sequences at sea or when the ship sinks beneath the ocean waves is nothing short spectacular and epic in scale. Also the soundtrack was beautiful, it was just always hitting the right notes at the right times and really added layers of emotion to the scenes where it was used. And there were moments where the instruments were truly powerful when being used in sad and epic moments and it really shined through. I never saw the film in 3D, but I heard it’s really good and I will get around to watching it next time hopefully.
So in conclusion Life of Pi is a pretty interesting piece of film, it is definitely an experience and is also something that needs to be seen in order to be understood. The story is nice and the central performance from Suraj Sharma is great, but it’s the visuals that really stand out as they are the cleanest, shiniest and most realistic-looking CGI I have seen in any film this year. Whether it’ll be your cup of tea is down to you as a viewer, but I thought it was definitely worth a watch.
So what did you think of the film? Leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. 😀