By Kanika Tandon
Film: Life of Pi
Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Tabu
Director: Ang Lee
Rating: 5 Stars
LONDON: Life of Pi, an adaptation of Yann Martel’s award-winning book of the same name, has been one of the most anticipated releases of 2012. And, it has been worth the wait.
As you take your seat in the theatre and put on those 3D glasses to watch the movie, you enter an exhilarating world of adventure, bravery and endurance. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the book, director Ang Lee (award-winning director of Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) holds your hand and takes you on a spectacular journey of a teenage boy who fights against all odds to survive a ship-wreck.
The film narrates the unusual story of a boy named Piscine Molitor Patel (played by Suraj Sharma) after a swimming pool in France. Pi, as he is popularly called, lives with his family in Pondicherry. His father (played by Adil Hussain) runs a zoo and Pi gets some of his most important lessons early in life while observing the behaviour of zoo animals.
Then, there comes a fateful time when, circumstances lead the family to travel, with all their animals, to Canada—in a ship. But when the rough weather at the sea claims the ship, Pi finds himself in a lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orang-utan and a Royal Bengal Tiger, named Richard Parker, for company.
As if the plot wasn’t enough to enchant and intrigue the audience, director Lee brings in his magical touch to create an unforgettable cinematic experience–one that will get etched in your memory for a long, long time.
Ang Lee has created a movie so visually appealing and convincing in its narration, it is a treat to watch. Lee’s brilliance as a director comes forth in a bursting display of imagination and creativity with which he has built each frame of the movie. Even the smallest of the details have been taken care of in every scene. The film’s 3D-effect and cinematography only enhance the genius that’s put on display here. The end result is a mammoth challenge conquered with such nonchalance, it seems surreal.
Performances of actors also deserve applause. Suraj Sharma is excellent as Pi Patel. Watching him perform, you cannot say that this is his first time on the silver screen. The boy holds promise and we can surely expect some great things from him in the future.
Irrfan Khan, who plays the adult Pi Patel, is impressive as usual and captivates with a performance so intense, and yet so effortless.
As the titles rolled, the film received a standing ovation from a packed hall’s audience and is surely going to be a favourite of the award functions next year.
Life of Pi is a delight to watch and worth every penny you spend for an evening out in this December cold.