» Reviews: Life of Pi

Nathan Schwartz

|    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Director: Ang Lee
  • Producer: Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark
  • Writer: Screenplay: David Magee – Novel: Yann Martel
  • Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Adil Hussain, Gerard Depardieu
  • Distributor: 20th Century Fox
  • Running Time: 127 min
  • Rating: PG
  • Genre: Adventure, Drama

In terms of visuals, the incarnation of Yann Martel’s classic novel, Life of Pi, is a feast for the eyes. The vibrant plethora of animated sequences and flourishes reaches beyond your retinas to somewhere existential and spiritual within. It’s the driving force of the film, the element that carries you along the journey, which, sadly, was very meager. It follows a boy’s struggle to survive stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. Exciting as that sounds, progression was stagnant and repetitiveness bogged down the midsection of the film. For a visual journey, it’s great. Story-wise, not so much.

Verdict: Wait for the DVD/Blu-ray


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