Thursday, 24 January 2013
Film review- Life of Pi
I always said that this blog was going to talk about various films and books as well as beauty and lifestyle. I've been wanting to do this particular post for a while, but I wanted to make sure that I did this remarkable film justice, and as I've been ploughing through my final uni exams I decided to hold fire.
Now on to the story, which I believe is as beautiful as the effects. People seem to be concerned that they will get bored watching a film where a significant portion is one character alone on a life boat with a Bengal tiger. All I can do is plead that you will not let this put you off. The time flies in this film, and there are never long awkward moments that feel lacking in dialogue between multiple characters.
As far as an adaptation goes I can honestly say I have never seen a better book to film version. Ang Lee deserves a round of applause every time he steps out his front door as far as I'm concerned. While his version of 'Sense and Sensibility' will always hold a place in my heart, many of his other films (yes, including 'Brokeback Mountain') have passed me by. This is something I'm going to be changing as soon as possible though! Lee somehow took everything that was already perfect about the book, made it visually beautiful and then proceeded to take any weak spots and totally perfect them. The final message of the book is crystallised by Lee to perfection. There is only one section of the book that is left out, but as Pi is experiencing a temporary blindness I can appreciate that this would struggle to translate on the big screen. I also think Lee made a wonderful move to cast a completely unknown actor in a lead role that the entire film depended on. A brave move which paid of splendidly.