Life of Pi

7.92 h 6 min2012X-RayPG
HD. A shipwreck leaves a boy lost at sea aboard a lifeboat with a massive Bengal tiger in Ang Lee's visually stunning Oscar(R)-winner.
Ang Lee
Suraj SharmaIrrfan KhanTabu
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Rafe SpallGerard Depardieu
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BrandonReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Watch This Movie. Right Now. Just Watch It.
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If you've read the book, this movie will adequately serve as sort of a Reader's Digest version for your eyes. I am an English teacher with an MA in English and Creative Writing, and I tell my students when I teach this novel that this is one of the few movie adaptations of literature that I can say I enjoy as much as reading the book - and I read/teach the book every year.

If you've not read the novel, and reading isn't your thing, please watch the movie. Please watch the movie with an open mind. There is SO much to take away from Pi's incredible journey - no matter where you are in life, or where your faith (or lack thereof) lies.

Okay, that was the English teacher in me typing. Now to hear from the movie fan.

The visuals are stunning and enhance the storytelling superbly. The acting is top notch. My only complaint is the contrived romance between Pi and Aninji. This is not a part of the novel and does nothing to enhance the movie. The whole sequence should have been cut to make room for an expanded explanation of Pi's conversion to Islam - the one thematic element that is lacking in the film (which speaks volumes about Hollywood and American politics). On the whole, though, Ang Lee delivered a fine film that lives up to the vision of Martel as I understand it.
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Max LubachReviewed in the United States on November 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
You will Never Forget This Movie
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You will be unable to forget this movie--ever.. It is a story of shipwreck
and survival in Nature that is both ruthlessly hostile and equally beautiful by turns.
Suraj Sharma is an incredibly attractive teenager whose spiritual character is
glimpsed through his earlier childhood and his closely-knit family in India. Suraj
embodies universal values as he stumbles across the enlightenment offered by
various religions, Hindu, Muslim, Christian.
Having decided to leave India for Canada, the family embarks on
an old Japanese freighter with the animals from their zoo. Hoping to start a new life,
their lives are ended in a typhoon. Only Suraj survives, in part, because of his curiosity
about nature. The epic, lonely journey of this young man as a captive of the Pacific Ocean,
subject to its whims, reveals and develops his hidden strengths and weaknesses.
The ingenuity and faith of this boy, forced into early manhood, aided by
a lot of luck or fate enable him to survive many threats to his survival.
An inspiring story of a modern Robinson Crusoe in exotic settings,
enhanced by incredibly beautiful photography that makes Nature
a leading character as well.
58 people found this helpful
Matthew D'SouzaReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Gorgeous and Engrossing, If Too Long
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An enchanting journey of survival and faith.

Ang Lee's Life of Pi (2012) takes you across the Pacific Ocean from India to Mexico and ends in Canada. It's an epic of breathtaking aquatic visuals from visionary director Ang Lee. Lee cleverly uses aspect ratio to fill up a screen full of seawater, stretch the image to allow flying fish to leap out at the viewer, and widen your horizons with a mesmerizing whale sequence. The whale encounter is definitely my favorite scene in Life of Pi.

Lee's CGI team really outdid Avatar in taking you somewhere. The deep blues and brights yellows really pop in Life of Pi. The ocean looks real as does the intricately detailed tiger. You see plenty of real animals in the beginning of Life of Pi and while you can slightly tell the tiger, Richard Parker, is fake, you are never pulled out of the film. The tiger moves and feels like a realistic animal struggling to survive just like the boy.

Suraj Sharma is a pretty good actor for making you care about him being lost at sea for a majority of the film. He is compelling as you see the fear stemmed inside him through his shocked eyes. Each movement feels deliberate from Sharma. Much like Lee's slower deliberate pace, Sharma makes you feel like you are stuck at sea with him.

I most appreciate Irrfan Khan as the narrator and the adult Pi. He is the moral and philosophical heart of Life of Pi. He presents you his character Pi's life story with a grounded emotional delivery. You are immediately invested in his life. While not all of the movie will hit you hard, Khan's portions always grip me with his serious and spiritual style. He poses an unforgettable question at the end of the film.

Rafe Spall is also a good framed narrative character. His author seeking a story gives the audience a way into the strange and magical tale being told to him.

Tabu is great as the mother of Pi, but she gets very little to do or say. Lee certainly underused her. I like Pi's father too, but some of the CGI around him early on looked pretty fake. You only ever notice the CGI when it's a stray fish that's too shiny or a person's face aged a certain amount of years. Lastly, Gerard Depardieu is in Life of Pi as a racist cook for some reason. He's terrible and bland like a parody of himself. No idea why Ang Lee wasted screen time on him. I think Lee needed to cut down Life of Pi by maybe 10 minutes or so as it does feel too long. I was captivated by the story and visuals the entire run-time, but it's slow pace wears you down after a bit.

Overall, Life of Pi is unlike other survival films. It's more emotional and beautiful than Castaway. It captures more grand natural storms than The Perfect Storm. It rivals the exotic spirit of The Adventures of Tintin. I'd also say Life of Pi took some of Scorsese's magical fantasy tone and style from Hugo and brought it a new life. Life of Pi is therefore similar to many movies, but a refreshing experience all its own. The visual stimulation is sure to entertain most audiences unless you just don't like tigers.
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JacobReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
4k version has reference quality HDR, a handful of scenes approach reference quality 4k sharpness.
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The 4k version of this is stunning. Despite this not being a "true" 4k but in fact up scaled from a 2k intermediate, the sharpness in some of the interview scenes was nothing short of incredible. I suspect any scenes without CGI elements may actually be true 4k. This movie really demonstrates how HDR can improve colors even at a static brightness level. Everything looks incredibly lifelike and "real" looking. This film truly demonstrates what 4k can do. Comparing the bluray and 4k version side by side, I could not put my finger on the exact differences. The best way to describe is the difference between looking at an image vs seeing it with your own eyes in real life. The HDR version has this brutally "real" look to it that is impossible to describe without seeing it yourself. This incredible story of a man lost at sea really benefits from the added realism. This movie is highly recommended for anyone with a 4k TV. Even on my budget range 70" vizio E-series, the benefits over bluray are clearly evident.
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Michael A.Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Boring, terrible protagonist
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Where do all the good reviews come from? I enjoy movies with animals, survival, and the sea. This has all three and is one of the most boring movies I've ever seen. There's so many parts I just had to hit fast forward in order to not give up and quit watching completely.

I will give kudos to Irrfan Khan and Ayush Tandon as the older and younger Pi, respectively. Their parts are worth watching. However, the bulk of the movie is the teenage Pi played by Suraj Sharma. Sharma has zero screen presence or charisma. If his character had been well written, this might be passable when combined with the stronger parts of Older and Younger Pi.

However, the teenage Pi is a character that you want to see fail, die, drown, get eaten, etc and IT NEVER HAPPENS. The character is horrible. The actor is terrible. I am not drawn into his adventure or right of passage. I simply want him to go away so I can enjoy the very well done CGI tiger in his survival story. If the focus had been on the tiger, instead of the detestably stupid Pi, and told from the tiger's perspective (or just not have a protagonist that's so terrible that the viewer isn't able to empathize or associate with) the movie would have been good.

There's just a huge chunk of this movie, most of the teenage Pi runtime, that should have been left on the cutting room floor.

If you don't heed my review and do decide to watch: watch the first 45 minutes, this good. Then, skip from 45 minutes to the 1 hour and 34 minute mark. That's right, this is a 2 hour movie and all of the mid section, most of time that teenage Pi (Sharma) is onscreen is a complete waste. It's just totally unnecessary. There's a struggle, things are rough, we get it. Any viewer will come up with a better story in their imagination and develop a character that they can associate and empathize with. Watching teenage Sharma in the terrible teenage Pi role just ruins the point of the story. SKIP IT.

No joke. Skip an entire 45 minutes of a 2 hour movie and the movie is decent. I would rate it 3.5 stars without those bloated 45 minutes. There's a reason why most films are 90 minutes. This one plays like a school child's 1000 word essay that that's crammed full of rubbish just to make the work count. Either skip the movie or skip those 45 terrible minutes. Please. For your sanity and so my sacrifice in attempting to sit through it wasn't in vain (only the fast forward button allowed me to keep my sanity).

Did I mention skip from 45 minutes, to 1 hour and 34 minutes? Ok, good. I'm just trying to drive the point home because it's a decent movie if you watch it that way. If you watch that middle part you will hate the protagonist and quit watching the movie.
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Todd M.Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
I think the movie is about the number Pi.
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Spectacular! Perceptions of this one will vary because it’s presented with two possible stories to explain what happened. However, it’s visually stunning and, though it’s a little slow to get into it, it held our attention throughout. Is a succinct story about survival at sea more plausible than one that may not be so believable… you decide but I suspect there will some discussion about it after the credits start rolling. The old Pi number is mechanistic and it’s believed the new Pi number is relates to the golden ratio and perhaps makes all things in the universe more intertwined and even magical… it’s hard to summarize and warrants a lot of reading to just get a basic understanding. I believe that’s why the story has two endings.
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PatReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A movie truly worth owning.
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The 4K UHD version is stunningly beautiful. I read and loved the book years ago. For some reason I wasn't overly thrilled with the original movie but this version takes the movie to new heights. This movie has it all in terms of what a great movie should be. Great story line, great writing, great acting and true to the book. Its a movie worth owning as I plan on rewatching it with friends and family.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
A story that touches on survival nature and religion
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Life Of Pi is a story about survival, nature and religion. It’s the tale of Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) surviving on a boat in the middle of the Pacific with a tiger named Richard Parker. Nature is not only represented by the tiger but the ocean and all the animals in it which are beautifully presented via plenty of CGI special effects. It’s about religion because Pi embraced Hinduism, Christianity and Islam when he grew up in India. During his ordeal he asked why God had put him in that situation and then thanked him during the journey. It’s a pretty amazing story, but I have to say it’s a bit like Castaway in that it tries your patience sometimes because of its length and the monotony of the sea.
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