Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) brings us Life of Pi, based upon Yann Martel’s beloved book, which went on to become one of the biggest publishing events of the past decade.
Life of Pi follows the story of a young man’s incredible survival against almost impossible odds - surviving 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. If you don’t know the book already, I would advise just going to see it the film with an open mind, and not finding out too much about it. I had no idea what I was going in to see, and I had a cinema experience that I have never had before.
Pi (Suraj Sharma) with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker
Suraj Sharma as Pi at sea
Life of Pi Poster
Performance wise, all the actors that play Pi throughout his life are fantastic (Gautam Belur at 5 years, Ayush Tandon at 11 years, Suraj Sharma and Irrfan Khan) – but particularly Suraj Sharma, who gives an emotionally raw performance and carries the weight of the film on his inexperienced shoulders masterfully.
Without a doubt, a remarkable breakthrough in the use of 3D technology, Academy Award Winning Director Ang Lee has surpassed himself – making a wondrously bold film that takes you on an adventure, and holds you throughout. An epic adventure of magical realism, I was captivated by the beauty and emotion of the film, and I found tears dropping from my eyes. An award winning novel, Life of Pi was thought to be a book that was impossible to bring to the big screen. But Lee has brought faithful and exquisite vision to Martel’s novel. Certainly a notable achievement of storytelling and visually stunning – I will never forget it. A must see.
Out in cinemas 20th December 2012 - click here to see our coverage of the London Premiere