My review for Ang Lee's magical Life of Pi has been published over at Static Mass Emporium and you can read it here.
I have to say I didn't expect to like this that much but, like its protagonist, I was swept away. The book sounded a little too weird for me. I had somehow got it into my head that Pi was trapped on a boat with a talking tiger. Fortunately though Pi is indeed stuck with only a Bengal tiger for company, said tiger does not actually speak. Instead he is a completely believable composite of a range of special effects that you cannot (and if you were in Pi's shoes, would not dare) take your eyes off.
A boy lost at sea for over 200 days could potentially be boring but thanks to a magnificent performance from a newcomer, some incredible effects work and some of the most stunning cinematography of the year, Life of Pi is an absolute must see on the big screen. Those who haven't been won over by 3D may want to give this a try, though until I see a 2D version, I'm not sure how essential it is.
I should stop my rambling and encourage you to head over to my review at Static Mass Emporium. The film is in UK cinemas December 20th 2012 and is set to make jaws hit floors I can promise you. But don't think it's all about stunning visuals as there is plenty of heart too. It left me with a rather uncomfortable lump in my throat by the end.
Here's a snippet from my review:
'Life Of Pi has taken eleven years to get from page to screen but
is absolutely worth the wait. Ang Lee has created an unbelievably
cinematic treatment of the novel. Though the film itself takes its time
getting to the heart of the story, the cinematography is spellbinding,
the score is stirring and newcomer Suraj Sharma gives a heartfelt and
compelling performance as hero Pi.'
Have you seen it? What did you think?
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