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Saturday, November 24, 2012


Yann Martel's ponderous adventure novel gets the big-screen treatment with this Fox 2000 adaptation helmed by director Ang Lee. The coming-of-age story surrounds the son of a zookeeper who survives a shipwreck by stowing away on a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a Bengal tiger by the name of Richard Parker. Suraj Sharma heads up the cast as the young boy, with Gérard Depardieu, Adil Hussain, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, and Bollywood actress Tabu also starring. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Director: Ang Lee

Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irfan Khan, Tabu, Rafe Spall, Gérard Depardieu

Release Date: Nov 21, 2012

Rated PG for peril emotional Thematic Content and Some Scary Action

Runtime: 2 hr. 5 min.

Genres: Action/Adventure


Ang Lee’s wonderfully epic and visually stunning parable on life religion and survival is dense but still fairly accessible. The film’s plots starts grounded but gets more mystical existential as we move along. Along the way we are treating to a visually stunning and utterly engrossing parable that borrows from many a religious source. There are big topics at play here but it’s done, with the help of some truly stunning 3D, in an intimate and personal way which makes the entire easier to digest without losing much of the sentiment. At its center is Hollywood newcomer Suraj Sharma who performance impresses throughout. He’s given the Herculean task of carrying the film while working on a green screen mostly by himself. Sharma conveys a bevy of emotions throughout the span of the film, his face and eyes expressing heartbreak and hope while he traverses a Job like set of trials. His shipmate, a meticulously created CGI tiger is a marvel of technological achievement. If there is a fault to be found here it’s the film’s insistence on making sure we don’t miss the point by restating it various points throughout especially near its finale.



  1. The Life of Pi feels like it's been on the horizon for ages. I am not even sure when we get it as there has been absolutely no promotion for it!

    I read the book ages ago so I am curious to see how they do it on film.

    Interesting to hear that the 3D is good for a change - may plump for it rather than 2D

    You've had a better run in the cinema than me of late!!

    K :-)

    1. The 3D works very well, especially during the lost at sea moments. I wasn't familiar with it and went in fairly blind, very impressed.

  2. This was a terrific novel and I think that Ang Lee is one of only a handful of directors who could have tackled the complexities and made it accessible for everyone. I hope to see this one soon.

    1. I haven't read the book but from what I've heard he's done a wonderful job of translating it to the screen, as a film there are large portions of it that are simply visual poetry.

    2. You should try the book - it is a really good (and easy) read!

    3. I may have to give it a whirl at some point, everything I've heard about it is great, my reading list is so backlogged and I can only blame myself.


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