Life of Pi is the first 3D movie I liked.
Not that I’ve watched much 3D movies in theatres; I may have just watched two 3D Shreks and some other stuff. But Life of Pi, among all others, makes the whole 3D experience worth every penny.
Life of Pi excels much on its animation and post-production. I don’t exactly know anything about those but I could see true hardwork to make this movie work.
I swear if you could have been with us at the theatre when we watched it, you’d never want to get identified ever in your life.
A mate and I were like those early audiences of cinema in the 1800s – so afraid of the silent running train before their very eyes.
As for us, we were kind of scared Richard Parker would eat us alive, or that we’d drown in the Pacific, or that we’d soak wet in the roaring tides of the storm, or that we’d get lost with the stars in space, or that we’d get stuck in the carnivorous island, or that we’d get a bite from the hyena, or that we’d be Moby Dick-ing or something with a whale in the ocean.
Life of Pi has very powerful visuals. Watching it on theater was an experience!
As for the story, I do respect religious beliefs but I am at a point where I get quite critical with materials using religious drivels.
As much as I appreciate how the story is interpreted visually, I think the writing was quite formulaic.
The premise of One God and religious traditions was rather interesting, yet I think it needs to be more sublime as I find it quite expository-preachy, needs more kick (which I really don’t know how it could be done), and not just rely on making the whole gimmick cute (what with a child having multiple religions).
This means that I don’t buy the premise that one’s multiplicity in religious beliefs is by sheer simple choice or some metaphysical perspective of sort.
There must be a deeper reason – like introspective conflicts, big break-ups, or some Eat, Pray and Love drama of sort.
And so, if this movie has some problems in it, I think it’s in its attempt to take on big subjects as religion and trying to attack them with simple cute premises.
I know it was a minor part of the story but it kind of drove or set the tone of the whole thing. I would have wanted some street bad-ass Tarantino-esque harshness to cut the subtlety and the Ocean Park Adventure of this. (Or maybe I’m just feeling a bit bitter as a gourd lately that’s why.)
Nonetheless, Life of Pi is one of the most enjoyable films I’ve watched on theatre. Kind of made me miss dipping by the seashore. Never with a tiger though.