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Life of Pi

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  Life of Pi Review
Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
8.38 /10
Suraj Sharma , Irfan Khan, Ayush Tandon
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Directed by: Ang Lee
Written by: David Magee, based on the book by Yann Martel

Released: 2012
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 127

Magical cinema.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Life of Pi is the most beautiful film of the year, a technical marvel, and magic realism at its most magical.

Anyone who has read Yann Martel’s Booker prize-winning novel will know that it tells the story of an Indian teenager named Pi (Suraj Sharma, pictured right) shipwrecked in a lifeboat with a ravenous Bengal tiger.

They encounter many marvels – a sky full of flying fish, an ocean swimming with iridescent jellyfish, a carnivorous island. All these wonders and more are brought to the screen with dreamlike intensity.

This is one of two films this year – the other was, amazingly enough, Madagascar 3 – that has used 3D in creative and revolutionary ways.

Ang Lee has brought to the screen a seemingly unfilmable story with breathtaking mastery of computer animation. His previous achievements – such as Brokeback Mountain, Sense and Sensibility and The Ice Storm – have shown him to be one of the most versatile directors on the planet. This is up there with the best of them.

It isn’t perfect. It does not fulfil its promise of making us believe in God; on the contrary, it reminds us more of human resilience, thanks in part to an extraordinary performance by the inexperienced leading actor.

The twist ending, which calls into question the veracity of all that has gone before, is of questionable merit. But it certainly shows how story-tellers embellish on the truth in order to bring out its deeper meaning. Though it’s more a feast for the eyes than food for thought, the lyricism and visual magnificence make Life of Pi an unmissable experience. And do see it in a good cinema.

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