As a writer I love good stories. That is why I have wanted to see the movie Life of Pi since its release in December, and finally last weekend I saw it. The film is based on the novel by Yann Martel which was published in 2001. The book is a fantasy adventure story about a young man who finds himself surviving a horrific shipwreck with a tiger. The premise is exordaniary, and I wanted to see how director Ang Lee crafted the story for a motion picture.
I wasn't disappointed.
There is so much more to the tale than I thought. It starts with Pi Patel telling a journalist about the struggles he had in school because of his name. He then proceeds to weave in how his father owned zoo animals. There's a wonderful scene of the young Pi wanting to get close to the tiger. This is a great set up for the time when Pi becomes stranded with the same tiger. Off and on the movie cuts back to the adult Pi with the journalist while he shares his unbelievable story. He not only feds the writer food but a tale of wonder and awe that sometimes borders on being unbelievable. However, as the tale unfolds and the viewers watch what happens, they can't help but believe and are pulled into the story.
I loved it. The movie is beautiful and certainly deserves its Oscar nomination.
Please be aware that the movie is rated PG.
Here's the trailer.