Dec 15, 2012

LIFE OF PI (2012)

Thiz is a simple movie with stunning visual portrayal of a spiritual journey. It starts like Tim Burton’s “Big Fish” (2003) where everything is odd and magical, steps like Danny Boyle's ”Slumdog Millionaire” (2008) with its compelling flashback in storytelling and it feels like Tom Hank's “Cast Away” (2000), only thiz time the survivor is not accompanied by Wilson the volleyball, but with something called Richard Parker. It is a courageous adventure story about a young boy named Piscine (Suraj Sharma), who unfortunately lost all his family in sinking ship. His survival effort along with all the animals, especially with a ferocious Bengal tiger, brings him to an understanding of life as a whole. The newcomer Suraj Sharma delivers a sufficient performance to describe a boy who has to survive nature. Adil Hussain and Tabu make brief but memorable appearances as Pi’s father and mother. On the other hand, I think that Irrfan Khan could have been better as Adult Pi. His central role as the storyteller is just enough, not extraordinary, not even close, compared to Gloria Stuart as Old Rose in "Titanic" (1997). Ang Lee who is formerly known as the Director of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000), “Hulk” (2003) and the controversial drama “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), wrapping thiz movie with astonishing visual treat. “The Storm Scene” is one of the remarkable moments in thiz movie. I bet you won’t get thiz experience before in any other movies. Thiz is something that you have never seen before, followed by other scenes like “The Giant Whale Scene”, “The Flying Fish Scene” and my favorite “The Exotic Meerkat Island”. I think thiz movie has lots of powerful philosophies all over the place. It’s like metaphor in metaphor, there comes a point in everyone’s life, thiz will be something that needs to be thought about. It’s emotionally gratifying. Actually, the movie is not just about survival, it’s not even about the sinking ship, and it’s definitely not about the tiger. It’s simply about your relationship with God. In the end, we know very well. In every spiritual journey, your greatest enemy is none other than yourself.

Stars : 8/10
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Jonny Fendi

"All of life is an act of letting go.”