Life of Pi (2012) is a magical adventure movie based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel. Ang Lee is the director.
Synopsis: Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) and his family lives in Pondicherry, India. His father is a zoo keeper. One day, Pi's father decides to move the family to Canada. Halfway through their journey, the ship carrying their animals (and Pi's family) sinks due to a storm. Pi finds himself stranded in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat and some wild animals as his companions – including an adult Bengal tiger called "Richard Parker" – all fighting for survival.
This is a very aesthetically beautiful movie with breathtaking visuals, meaningful lessons and questions about life and religion, and a really great storytelling approach. There are poignant, funny, and tear-jerking moments at different points of the movie. I have to agree that Ang Lee did an awesome job directing this movie. Kudos!
Note: Ang Lee directed the famous Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain.
James Cameron gave us a fantastic 3D experience with his mega-blockbuster, Avatar in 2009. Life of Pi has an almost similar impact.
Yann Martel, the author of the novel on which the movie is based, says, "I'm happy it works so well as a film. Even if the ending is not as ambiguous as the book's, the possibility that there might be another version of Pi's story comes at you unexpectedly and raises the same important questions about truth, perception, and belief." [via]
Two memorable quotes from the movie:
- All of life is an act of letting go but what hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.
- Faith is a house with many rooms. But no room for doubt? Oh plenty, on every floor. Doubt is useful, it keeps faith a living thing. Afterall, you cannot know the strength of your faith until it is tested.
Don't miss this meaningful movie!