Life of Pi is a 2012 fantasy-adventure movie directed by Ang Lee and based on a book by the same name.
The story follows an Indian boy named Pi who finds himself stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat filled with zoo animals, one of whom happens to be a tiger.
Life of Pi won four Oscars and was nominated in eleven categories at the Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Life of Pi is a visual triumph. The cinematography is breathtaking and the special effects are masterfully and believably done. This movie draws you in. Watching the title character Pi struggling to survive on the unforgiving ocean brings you to the edge of your seat with anxiety.
There are beautiful scenes that take you on journeys to the mysterious depths of the ocean, and knuckle-whitening scenes that plunge you into the middle of a terrifying storm.
One of the main characters in this movie is the mostly CGI tiger named Richard Parker, created partly by using motion-capture technology on real tigers. While watching Life of Pi there is never a moment during which you doubt that Richard Parker is very real and very frightening. In fact, by the end you might even come to care for this computer-generated character.
The amazing visual effects do not come at the expense of substance, as this movie tackles some very large themes.
Pi promises to make you believe in God. Whether he succeeds in doing so or not doesn’t matter so much as the fact that this movie makes you think.
There are several questions which are bound to come up for you after watching this film.
What is the meaning of Pi’s story and why does he think that it could make you a believer? How could his faith be so strong even after all he went through? Why does he have such a pluralistic approach to God?
Life of Pi doesn’t force you to look at these questions in any one particular way. Pi offers you two possible stories, and it is up to you to choose which one you prefer.