'Life of Pi,' a journey of self-discovery
Based on Yaan Martel’s award-winning, best-selling book and directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee, Life of Pi was an inspirational movie. Though I have not read the book yet, I can say that the movie was definitely worth watching.
In the film, Pi, an Indian boy, is stranded on a lifeboat with Richard Parker, a Bengali tiger, for 227 days. There, he learns how to coexist with Richard Parker in order to survive. Pi manages to keep Richard Parker and himself alive despite rough seas, the dangers of dehydration and starvation, and the threat of marine life. Meanwhile, Richard Parker transforms from being Pi’s predator to becoming his competitor, then his accomplice, and finally his friend.
The computer-generated imagery was exquisitely beautiful. The movie started off with crisp images of animals in zoo. The creatures were interesting, unique, and striking. Giggles from children erupted throughout the theatre during this scene. Although the water was at times too clear and unrealistic, it was still capturing. In addition to superb visuals, the film was humorous, especially with Pi’s funny story about how he got his name.
As a child, Pi was taught that wild animals, particularly tigers, are not his friends. This changes when he is forced to befriend Richard Parker on the lifeboat. Pi also believed in Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. His father tried to explain to him that following all religions is the same as having no religion. However, his religion plays an important role later on when he questions whether or not God really exists.
I felt as if I were Pi on that boat with Richard Parker. When the animals were viciously battling each other at sea, I felt Pi’s sorrow as the zebra was killed by the hyena. I also experienced his pain and anger when his only friend on that boat, Orange Juice the orangutan, was killed. Whenever Pi jumped off the boat and into the water to run away from Richard Parker, I cringed as shark fins suddenly emerged from the water’s surface around him. Even though the sharks were obviously fake, it was still frightening. Ang Lee succeeded in keeping me on the edge of my seat.
The most interesting scene was when Pi and Richard Parker reached the mysterious island, on which Pi realized that they could not stay too long. I initially felt that the movie was dragging on too long, but by the end, I realized that its length was necessary. There comes an unexpected twist, which I will not reveal. The only complaint that I have about this movie was that it made
me dizzy since the camera shook in the sea storm scene.
Life of Pi is the only movie I have ever watched that has made me think about its meaning afterword. It is a story full of life philosophies about survival, friendship, and religion. Life of Pi does not support having a religion or no religion at all, believing in God or no God, but it will make you determine what you believe. By watching this movie, you will find your own answer to the question: Does God exist? I recommend this movie for everyone. By telling the story of the life of Pi, it will open your eyes to your own life.