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Life of Pi

Ang Lee’s 3D fantasy

Dec. 17, 2012
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No contemporary Hollywood director is bolder than Ang Lee—at least in the realm of trying new things. With Life of Pi, Yann Martel’s novel about an Indian boy shipwrecked on a lifeboat with a wild tiger is rendered in dazzling 3D. The boy, called Pi, goes down in the stormy Pacific on the way to Canada, where his zoo-keeping family had hoped to sell their animals and start a new life. The already thoughtful, spiritual adolescent must learn to balance fear with compassion if he is to coexist on the open sea with a growling, hungry creature on short rations.

Life of Pi is a meditation on God in millions of manifestations and of finding acceptance, as well as purpose, in a world that can be punishing. Pi is marooned for a long stretch in the immensity of endless ocean and sky mirroring in beautiful cinematography. The best scenes make good use of 3D and computer-generated imagery to evoke the story’s magical realism.


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