I have to admit that I was reluctant to see this film. I had heard a little about the Booker Prize winning novel from a decade ago but never tried to read it because I had heard that it was hard to follow and obtuse. The film is anything but.
Visually stunning and breathtaking from even the title sequence, this film would be worth the 3D admission price for the cinematography alone – but it does not stop there.
Life of Pi is an adorable film. It is well paced, at times light hearted and fun, and at times as intense as human drama comes. Most of this being sustained by the performance of Suraj Sharma who plays the lead and the only human on screen for most of the film.
One of my concerns before I saw Life of Pi was that a film set almost entirely on the Ocean, with just two characters, could not sustain drama for the length of a feature film. I was very wrong about this. The film is just amazing and I would recommend it to anyone of the appropriate age.
I would say that it is probably not suitable for very young children. I think if you have children under the age of 12, you might want to screen it first. Children under the age of maybe 8, depending on the child, might be frightened by the tiger but beyond that, there are some very heavy themes in the film.
Life of Pi is already getting awards attention and trust me, this is not just because of it’s artistic merit, which is considerable. The film is also simply a wonderful and enjoyable experience – and one that cinema was made for – as well as a very intense study of what the human mind is capable of in extreme conditions.
Our resident film critic Anne LaBarbera was born in Austin, Texas. A joint US / Italian national her varied film career spans writing, directing, producing, wardrobe and (even) running for the BBC – she’s nearly done it all! When not at home in Hollywood, Anne likes to travel and feature her classic VW Scirocco in the movies, mostly her own. Catch more of Anne’s adventures here on Extrafriends or her own website www.annefilm.com.