• James Rutherford

‘Life of Pi’: An Enchanting Fantasy Tale of Survival, Determination and Enduring Reverence


Movie poster for the film Life of Pi starring Suraj Sharma

“Life of Pi” (2012) is a vivid and enchanting fantasy film that follows a young man named Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) who survives a devastating open-sea shipwreck, only to be stranded on a lifeboat with a quartet of zoo animals—including a vicious Bengal tiger.


Framed within a subsequent interview between middle-aged Pi (Irrfan Khan) and an inquisitive writer (Rafe Spall), the storyline reflects back on Pi’s childhood in India and the reluctant exodus his family endures as they attempt to relocate the family zoo to Canada. After Pi survives the ship’s demise in the company of a few disparate creatures, he finds himself lost at sea while developing an entirely precarious accord with the ferocious tiger christened “Richard Parker”.


Based on the celebrated novel by Yann Martel and directed by esteemed Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, “Brokeback Mountain”), “Life of Pi” is an ethereal and sublime creation, marked by extraordinary cinematography and Academy-award winning visual effects. It’s a thrilling and boldly transcendent tale of survival and profound reverence—an indelible viewing experience that is likely to stay with you long after the credits have rolled.

 

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