Life of Pi

Life of Pi (2012)

“Come out, you have to see this! It’s beautiful!”

It’s Titanic meets Slumdog Millionaire except it isn’t at all.

I generally consider 3D movies to be a gimmick, and rarely bother with the added hassle and expense. However, from the moment I first saw the trailer I knew that today’s movie would be an exception. Therefore, this is the first movie I’ve reviewed for this blog that I saw in 3D. I’m unquestionably glad I did because Life of Pi is almost certainly the most visually fantastic movie I’ve ever seen.

However, to simply dwell on the film’s moments of uncanny beauty is to sell the film short, because it’s so much more than that. It’s a tribute to the human sprit, resplendent with themes of religion, and reason and the struggle for harmony and survival. It’s a movie about friendship. It’s a fantasy. It’s an adventure. It’s a tribute to the art storytelling.

The more I think about this movie, the more I find to like about it. It’s a movie that’s deliberately ambiguous. A movie that wants you to ask questions, but it doesn’t provide many answers. It’s a movie that works on multiple levels, (though on some better than others. I do have to concede that for all its religious and philosophical merit, the level where the movie succeeds the most, and the thing that makes the film truly memorable, its visual beauty, is also the most superficial aspect. However, this should most certainly be considered praising with faint damnation.

Life of Pie whale breaches

This doesn’t do it justice.

I’ve never seen anything that looked remotely like Life of Pi, and the film would absolutely be worth seeing just as a treat for the eyes. However, when I do consider it’s artful story solid acting, and wonderfully thought-provoking themes, the film becomes something more. I’m not sure that it would make my “Best Picture” list, (maybe I’ll become sure when I have the chance to digest it further,) but it is certainly a Must See.

[Life of Pi (2012) – Directed by Ang Lee – Rated PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril]

OM|ED Rating: Must See