(Why is it that they always seem to bring out heaps of good films all at once and then there is usually a 'good' film drought for ages...?! I also wanted to see The Impossible and Les Mis but there just wasn't enough time. I managed The Life of Pi and The Hobbit only.)
So...I read The Life of Pi back when I was a University student - an old ex recommended it to me. It is a great concept and when he first told me about it I was expecting talking animals because I couldn't imagine how someone could write a whole book on such a premise but well... Yann Martel did, so hats off to him.
I really enjoyed the book and I was really pleased with the film because it sticks to the story pretty faithfully. I also vaguely recall an interview on Radio 4 before Christmas about the film and how the director purposely chose to create it in 3D otherwise it would not have been as effective. I guess there was a lot of manipulation of images and stuff (I don't possess the technical jargon here to sound like an expert) because a lot of the animal shots were done separately.
As I found Avatar to be visually stunning in 3D, so was The Life of Pi. It is beautiful to watch and the spiritual message is also gentle and moving. The animals -especially Richard Parker (the star) - are a delight to watch and the actors are thoughtfully and sensitively portrayed and incredibly likeable.
Yes...I was weeping behind my 3D glasses towards the end...Not only was it a great film and story but I took away something to think over too...
Pi, as an adult, when he comes to finishing his story remarks:
'I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.'
Letting go has always been something I have struggled and been fascinated with too. It is something I decided to explore in more depth and give attention to having watched this film.
Anyway...if you like animals, visual beauty and thought-provoking sentiments...I really recommend that you go see it.
I'm off to work now for my first day back at school...wish me luck! xxx