Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Life of Pi

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89% (Critics) / 90% (Audience)
Directed By: Ang Lee
Written By: David Magee
Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Synopsis: A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor … a fearsome Bengal tiger.

The Good:
Life of Pi may be the best looking film I have seen all year. The visual in this movie are amazing and I feel that it needs to be seen in a theater in order to get the full effect of the beautiful imagery that Ang Lee has created.
The movie itself is just as good with good performances from all involved especially Suraj Sharma and Irrfan Khan as the titular character in different points of his life. Khan especially delivers a very quietly soulful performance that leaves no question as ti just how profoundly effected his Pi was by the events that are detailed in the film.
I was also impressed with the way that the film leaves it up to the viewer just what really took place on that boat as it drifted at sea.
And Richard Parker is my favorite celluloid critter of the year.

The Bad:
I would have liked to have seen a bit more of life on the ship before it sunk just to have a better grasp on the relationships between Pi and the other significant characters who were on board.

The Ugly:
The fate of Orange Juice really bummed me out.

Final Verdict: A beautiful film in appearance and in the performances/story being told. The performances by the two male leads should be strong contenders for awards season and the emotional impact of the tale (whichever version you may wish to believe) is the type of thing that more movies should deliver. A great film. A-

2 thoughts on “Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Life of Pi

  1. May have been a bit sloppy in terms of writing, but the visuals are breathtaking and something that will definitely have your eyes advert on the screen the whole time. Good review.


    1. I keep telling my friends that are inclined to wait for the DVD or download to see it on a movie screen because that is the best way to truly appreciate how great this film looks.


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