Movie: Life of Pi

Director: Ang Lee

Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu and Adil Hussain

Rating: good

Story line: Life of Pi is an adaptation of a Yaan Martel’s bestseller which narraters the story of a 16 year old Indian boy named Pi (Suraj Sharma) who survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

Life of Pi is structurally linear and begins with the meeting of novelist (Rafe Spall) and an older Pi Patel (Irrfan Khan). The novelist was asked by Pi’s mamaji (uncle) to meet Pi for his remarkable story that reiterates God’s existence.

Pi is raised a Hindu, but as a fourteen-year-old he is introduced to Christianity and Islam, and starts to follow all three religions as he "just wants to love God." He tries to understand God through the lens of each religion and comes to recognize benefits in each one.

Eventually, his father (Adil Hussain), the owner of the zoo and his mother (Tabu) decides to sell their animals and move to Canada due to political concerns in India. Pi's family board on a small Japanese boat to Canada carrying some of the animals from their zoo, but a few days out of port the ship meets a storm and capsizes. After the storm, Pi regains consciousness in a small lifeboat with a Bengal tiger, a spotted hyena, an injured zebra, and an orangutan, but eventually only the tiger and Pi survive—Pi protecting himself from the starving tiger by staying afloat on a raft tied alongside the boat.

Finally, when Pi is adrift on a shore, slight, infirm and sunburnt, Richard Parker stretches his limbs, taking his first steps on land after 227 days.

Thumbs up: Life of Pi managed to grab the critics’ acclamation due to its hypnotically marvelous visual effects. Director Ang Lee’ 3D experience definitely made this movie a worth watch.  Non-professional Suraj Sharma is the lifeblood of the film. He is an absolute delight to watch. Not for a moment does he give the impression that he has never faced a movie camera before. Irrfan Khan, as always, is first rate: he packs his performance with warmth, humour and just the right dash of emotion.

Thumbs Down: After watching this movie we are unable to find any flaws in it.

Life of Pi is a pure magic. Book your ticket write now to enjoy the hypnotically beautiful voyage.

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