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Review – LIFE OF PI

life-of-pi-poster2LIFE OF PI (3D version) (PG) (2hours 25mins)

Reviewed by Dan Spracklen

Rating: 4 Stars200px-4_stars.svg[1]

In short, this film is visually breathtaking and has a brilliant story. Other reviews are calling it “beautiful” – and that couldn’t be closer to the truth. Very much a technically advanced film, it centres around a boy, Pi, who is shipwrecked and stranded at sea in a life boat, with all but an adult bengal tiger for company.

It could be argued that the film takes a long time to really get going, and in a sense this is true, however the first part of the film helps to set the scene well for the adventure that is yet to unfold, and puts Pi’s character into perspective. The pace of the film remains fairly slow throughout, with the majority of the film being Pi at sea. Having said that, it keeps us entertained throughout as Pi is constantly on his toes. I really felt for Pi during his time at sea – as we see him become more and more weary. You do start to wonder what you’d be like if something like this happened to you, personally I don’t think I would have survived long!

Another thing I really liked about the film was it’s close attention to detail and continuity – for example Pi’s hair growing and becoming more and more messy the longer he is at sea, and the lifeboat he is on becomes gradually more worn. I’m sure some of you are thinking about 3D – I saw the 3D version and I can say that it really helps make the film, and of course adds another visual element to the film. It is similar to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in the way it uses 3D, mostly using it for depth rather than to poke you in the eye. I’d recommend the 3D version to fans of 3D, however I do believe the film would be just as entertaining in 2D – so if you’re not a fan, don’t panic!life-of-pi

I was pleasantly surprised at the subtle and occasional uses of humour in the film, as it really pulled it all together nicely, and helps the audience relate to Pi. I suppose the film is essentially about having faith in yourself and never losing hope, even if things are bad. Overall, I think it’s a must see – a good Christmas/ New Year’s adventure for the family (although perhaps not for the younger ones, due to a certain amount of angry tiger).

Lastly, I leave you with a comment on Life of Pi made by Danny Leigh on Film 2012 on Wednesday night – “the film James Cameron would have made if he had a sole”.




Please note: We only have 3 more showings of the 3D version – Sat 22nd, Sun 23rd and Thurs 27th Dec at 8.15pm.

Categories: Film Reviews, Plaza Blog
  1. December 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    “the film James Cameron would have made if he had a sole”

    Lemon or Dover?

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