Name of the Movie Life of Pi
Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Tabu, Adil Hussain, Gerard Depardieu
Director & Year of Release Ang Lee, 23rd November 2012
Studio Rhythm & Hues Studio


REVIEWER: Pompy Bhowmick, BCom 2nd Semester, Department of Commerce and Management, Tetso College

The movie ‘Life of Pi’ is a fictional story which is based on Yann Martel’s novel of the same name. This film was nominated for three Golden Glove Awards and also won Oscar prize. It has been rated as 7.9 out of 10 in IMDB.

This movie is an extremely brilliant and the best movie I have seen. The story has been divided into parts in which the visuals are expressed in an impressive way by featuring philosophical and spiritual themes. And the use of 3D effects are subtle and effective.

The movie begins with Pi and the writer which was sent by Pi’s uncle. Pi recounts his life story starting with how his name “Pi” was named. Pi’s full name was Piscine Molitor which was named after the swimming pool in France by his father. He was raised in a Hindu family who practices vegetarianism, but he believes and follows Christianity and Islam. In this part of the movie, the concept of spiritually has been beautifully shown. In the second half, there is a turning point in Pi’s life where his family has to move to Canada after selling their zoo in India. While travelling, there was a shipwreck which separated Pi from his family. The course of the movie takes over 227 days in a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal Tiger. Pi’s account of survival remains as the central piece of the movie.

The movie familiarizes the viewers with the attitude of Pi, the ungiven spirit and the ways to face the obstacles in the ocean for his survival. The screenplay was very creative and impressive for its engaging pace. And the reality which has been brought on the screen is quite remarkable.

On account of Suraj Sharma, the teenage Pi, who was a newcomer without any acting skills has done a commendable performance. While Richard Parker, the Bengal Tiger was a digital creation which was completely realistic in view.

On the whole, this movie was a classic film where the director Ang Lee brilliantly highlights the powerful story of hope, faith, determination and spirituality.

Personally, I like this movie and I would like to recommend you to watch if you haven’t already.

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