Three and a half stars, really — 3 weeks ago
I particularly enjoyed the opening section, where the adult Pi explains to a visiting journalist how he got his nickname; there are flashbacks to his schooldays, and we get a good glimpse of his background as the son of a zoo-keeper.
Most of the story, however, revolves around Pi at sea .I didn’t much enjoy this part, and, indeed, I found the ending quite confusing. It was excellently produced and I’m not surprised that the director and others won Oscars for it. I was slightly surprised that Suraj Sharma, who played Pi in the high action part of the film, did not also win one.
However, the deeper message of the film, which other people have observed and discussed, went rather over my head.
The ‘making of Life of Pi’ extra is well worth seeing – I was astounded at the lengths to which the crew and cast went to produce this film, and very impressed to learn that the animals were all produced by computer graphics; while I assumed that some scenes must have been done that way, the results were highly realistic. Both visual effects and cinematography were awarded Oscars, which I felt were well-deserved.
I’m glad I watched this film, which was very different from anything I had previously seen, right outside my usual comfort zone. It’s even inspired me to get hold of the book, to see if I understand the philosophy better when I read it. It’s not something I want to see again, so I was quite surprised when my husband decided to buy a copy, and declared it one of the best movies he had seen in a long time.
Three and a half stars, really.