Film : Life of Pi (English,Telugu,Hindi)
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Suraj Sharma,Tabu, Adil Hussain, Gerard Depardieu, Rafe Spall
Music : Mychael Danna
Cinematography : Claudio Miranda
Editing :Tim Squyres
Producers: Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark
Screenplay by : David Magee
Director : Ang Lee
Based on : Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Studio : Rhythm & Hues, Fox 2000 Pictures
Distributed by : 20th Century Fox
Release date: November 21, 2012(USA, UK), Novermber 23, 2012(India)
Running time : 127 minutes
Budget : $120 million
Watched Theater: Harihar Cinema’s 3D, Guntur
Rating: 4 / 5
Irrfan Khan New Hollywood film Life Of Pi Movie Review:
Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee is one of the most visually and spiritually striking ‘masterpiece’ made in recent times. There were high expectations from Life of Pi considering that it is based on Booker-prize winning novel Life of Pi by Canadian author Yann Martel. Ang Lee does not disappoint you one bit as the film is compelling and thought provoking at the same time.
The Life of Pi begins with the older Pi (Irrfan Khan) narrating his ‘never heard of’ story to an author (Rafe Spell). He tells him about his childhood spent in Pondicherry and his family-owned zoo. Soon, the family relocates to Canada for a better living. Then something devastating happens which changes Pi’s life forever. He is the only human survivor with a ferocious Bengal tiger for company on a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. What happens next? How does Pi survive the ordeal and what new does he discover about himself and life? Watch this one for sure!
Suraj Sharma as the adolescent Pi is extremely convincing and good. You can relate to his struggles and insecurities. Irrfan Khan as the older Pi as expected does a terrific job, but his on and off American accent is noticeable. Tabu has a very tiny role, but makes an impression.
Technical and Other Departments:
It is Lee’s film all the way, without a doubt, but director of photography Claudio Miranda and production designer David Gropman deserve a special mention for the marvel they have together created. The animation has been cleverly integrated, giving it a real feel.The screenplay by David Magee, based on a novel by Yann Martel, may have its own interpretations of religion, with which one may not agree. But, the life’s lessons taught are truly universal. And that is what Lee has beautifully encapsulated in “Life of Pi”. “A soulful film with a universal appeal” is after all what Ang Lee set out to make.
Life of Pi highlights the true meaning of faith and fate through a visually arresting tale of Pi, a young boy caught up alone in the midst of an ocean with only a Bengal tiger for company. The use of 3D has given a great amount of depth to the film unlike many other films where you tend to wonder why 3D was used.
The part where Pi is on a voyage is a bit slow, but you don’t complain as the director makes sure that there is something unique to offer at every turn and the audience don’t lose interest. The scenic beauty of Munnar and Pondicherry have been captured brilliantly. The excellent cinematography ensures that Life of Pi justifies the huge budget of $100 million (around Rs 550 crore).
Don’t miss it! Its a good film to watch!!!