As soon as the film ended I knew for sure I wanted to see it again, then and there. I haven’t witnessed such a feast of colours and wonderful dreamy scenes in a very long while. Ang Lee has definitely brought one of the best films of this year (based on a best-seller book by Yann Martel) with Life of Pi.
The story lies on the fine border between fairy-tale and true story. If you want to, you can go ahead and believe the fairy tale – that of Pi, a young Indian boy whose family owns a Zoo in the French part of India. One day they decide to move and take their only belongings with them: their animals. An unfortunate event occurs when trying to cross the Pacific as a terrible storm sinks their ship. Pi is the only survivor…well…of the humans.
Left with no family, he is now drifting away in the middle of the ocean on a boat that’s got few more passengers: a zebra, an orang-utan and a hyena. Soon the nature of the wild animals show as hunger strikes. That is when the life boat reveals its last and most awaited secret: Richard Parker, a majestic Bengal tiger worthy of his wonderful name.
…along with a ferocious wild feline…
Now, Pi is facing not only the surviving problem, but surviving in the middle of the ocean along with a ferocious wild feline. Throughout his 227 days at sea, he doesn’t manage to tame Richard Parker but to make him a friend. Keeping the tiger fed, meant keeping himself alive. Nature is merciless with Pi and shows him all of its dark sides: fearing the perils of the ocean life, fighting the hunger and the heat, and also keeping his eyes on the Bengal beauty.
Life of Pi is a true adventure for your eyes. The opening scene feels like a David Attenborough documentary seen through a kaleidoscope. India, the ocean, the floating island, they all come to life in a different dimension of colours The world is beautiful as it is, but Ang Lee, has put a sari on it, a beautiful veil of coloured silk. In an attempt to show the story of Pi, the director manages to bring out the tiger in the human and the human in the tiger. A beautiful complementary situation where nature is prime.
…you can either choose to believe in a fairy tale or not…
The end puts in balance the whole film and as I said in the beginning you can either choose to believe in a fairy tale or not. But undoubtedly the best story is the one that will make you say “Wow. I’m speechless.”