Just like the title, this is a movie about the life of an Indian boy named Piscine Molitor Patel (Suraj Sharma) who chosed to be called Pi, after a series of mockeries he got with his real name.
Since he was a little kid, Pi’s been showing interest in God and the meaning of life. He’s exploring and even try to practice multiple religion, from his parents’ religion, Hindu, to Islam and Christianity. He feels that it’s the way to get closer to God. But not until his next miraculous adventure that he really feels the existence and greatness of what he believes as the divine power of God.
The adventure started when he became the only human survivor of a shipwreck he was in. That ship were suppose to bring him and his family to Canada to start their new life there. Along with them they brought animals from their zoo to be sold to other zoos around the world to gain some money for the purpose.
He lost his father Santosh Patel (Adil Hussain), his mother Gita Patel (Tabu) and his brother Ravi Patel (Vibish Sivakumar) in the shipwreck. But apparently not all of the animal were drowned. Pi stranded on a lifeboat in the middle of Pasific Ocean with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a gigantic Bengal tiger.
The hyena kills the zebra and the orangutan. The tiger kills the hyena. So there’s Pi, alone in the middle of the ocean, surviving not only from the live at the ocean itself but also the starving tiger named Richard Parker.
That is when the magic of the movie begin. And by magic I meant the amazing visual effects the movie has.
I don’t know much about visual effects techniques. All I know is the movie provides a stunning environment that looks realistic but surreal at the same time.
The story is okay. But without the high class visual effects the movie will lost most of its marvels, if not all.
The never ending beauty of the sky and the ocean that reflected every beauty of it; hundreds of flying fish on the sky or glowing jellyfish that filled the ocean; the school of dolphins and the humpbacked whale; the carnivorous island that is fascinating yet scary; And the digitally made tiger. Yes, Richard Parker is not a real living animal. I was surprised when I first found out about this, because it looks so real.
In the movie we can see that this story was brought to us by the adult Pi Patel (Irrfan Khan) that was telling it to an Canadian author (Rafe Spall). The author came to Pi to hear a story that an Indian man he met before said will make him believe in God.
‘Life of Pi’ based on a best-selling novel by Yann Martel, adapted into screenplay by David Magee, and directed by Ang Lee won multiple awards including best original score by Mychael Danna. You can enjoy the music soundtrack here. It does add the magical atmosphere to the movie.
It’s a worth-to-watch-in-cinema kind of movie, even better in 3D. The magnificent visual effects will bring you closer to relate to how Pi feels during and after the adventure, nothing is impossible with God.