Life of Pi is interesting and beautiful, but doesn’t quite resonate…

Maybe it was underwhelming because I’ve read the book.  I am not completely sure, yet while Yann Martel‘s novel Life of Pi, was able to truly explore faith, religion and human nature–I felt like Ang Lee‘s film rushed through most of the abstract themes and ended up being a beautifully illustrated, interesting story of survival–that was neither spiritual or emotional.

Visually it is stunning.  Not sure how much is CG (it seems like a lot)–but either way it is spectacular.  The rendering of the animals is very well done–although, there were a few “fake” looking moments, it was not enough to ruin anything.  The acting by the three young actors, who play Pi, are strong and suit the role.  Yet, I did not ever feel connected to Pi or the tiger–I was ready to shed some tears that never materialized.

Lee’s direction is adept and he weaves a captivating story–but he allows for too much exposition in some areas and for me, it took away some of the power.  I felt this to be the true with the ending–it was the ultimate “let me explain this…just in case you do not understand”.  Storytelling, at its best, allows for the audience to form its own opinions and should not result in spoon-feeding all the little details.  I guess they thought it would be too confusing.

Bottom line, I loved the novel.  I was taken on a journey of self-discovery and faith.  With the film, I almost felt cheated.  Lied to.  Weird, I know.  Instead of being a story that would make me believe in God–it ended up being a film that made me believe in the magic of cinema–not bad, but not the experience I was hoping for.

Life of Pi Trailer 2 Official [HD 1080] – YouTube

 

Side note:  Life of Pi  won 4 Oscars last month and I could not be upset or happy because I had not watched it.  Now that I’ve seen it, I must say that I have some issues with the some of the wins–especially for the Best Director.  Yes, it was well done–nicely paced and seamless F/X–but in 2012 there were several directors (Affleck, Tarantino, Anderson, etc.) that deserved it more.  (Just my opinion.)

 

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About nediunedited

Who is nediunedited? A lover of cinema since the age of seven! All kinds–all genres. Films (TV and Books, too) have shaped my life–they were my escape, my inspiration and even my first role models. I do not rate my films in the traditional sense (no stars, grades, etc.)–instead I give you my opinion and my take on it–I do not give traditional plot summaries either, because I want you to go in clear–ready for your own experience. There is nothing better than discovering a fine film, without any other influence. (Personally, when I want to really see something I practice media shut out–I refuse to watch too many trailers, viral promos, reviews, etc–I have been known to cover my eyes and ears in the theater during trailers–LALALALA!) That’s me–hope you come by and visit! I will definitely make the rounds and find some of you out there, too.

8 thoughts on “Life of Pi is interesting and beautiful, but doesn’t quite resonate…

  1. Good review. The story may not be as effective as it should be, but damn, does this movie just look beautiful. It’s one of those movies that was made for 3-D, and absolutely stuns you by where it goes, and how they made it all look so real.

    • Yeah…that is why I started with that statement–maybe if I did not know “everything” already, I would have felt differently. Maybe.

      Lee did well–adapting a narrative so heavy in abstract ideas must have been difficult–yet, it appears to have lost some of its impact (which is usually what happens with book to film versions).

      Thanks! And Later!

  2. Finally! A movie that I’ve also seen, haha. I completely agree with your review, though. I also was blown away by how amazingly beautiful the movie was – especially the shot of the boat where the water was completely reflecting the sky, amazing. In terms of story, though, a lot was definitely lacking and the pacing could have been slightly altered. Still, it was a good watch at least once.

    • YAY!! 😀

      Yes, I was expecting an emotional journey–but it was definitely visually gorgeous and engaging (for the most part). I agree about the pacing, too–dragged in a few spots for sure.

      Until next time… 😀

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