It’s already a given that Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is visually good. It is a movie about gods that utilizes beautiful 3D images that can rival that of Avatar. Lee utilizes the technology to make stunning landscapes and seascapes that look so real that audiences will find themselves reaching out to touch them.
Richard Parker is a Bengal tiger that is made by a computer but looks real on the big screen. He is the main character of the movie that is based on Yann Martel’s best-selling book about a boy and a tiger learning to share a boat as they journey across the Pacific.
It is against natural laws for a boy and a tiger to be together for days without the big cat devouring the boy. To play the part, Director Lee casts 17 year old Suraj Sharma. He is a newcomer who is tasked to take on the big part.
Sharma manages to do so with remarkable maturity and resourcefulness. He plays Piscine Patel, the son of a zookeeper, who goes on a boat during a violent storm off the coast of Japan. Aside from Piscine or Pi, the only survivors are an ornery hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan, a rat, and the tiger Richard Parker.
Life of Pi is about faith but Darwinism takes its effect on everyone on the boat except for Pi and Richard Parker. The viewers see the two learn how to co-exist with each other as they face monsoons, scorching heat, and other events that will utilize the 3D effects to wow the audience such as a school of flying fish leaping towards the mouth of the tiger, a humpback whale bursting, or a group of jellyfish lighting up the dark.
Life of Pi has its Flaws but it is technically beautiful and should be seen on the big screen to enjoy the 3D effects. It is a good treat for the family this Thanksgiving weekend.