The Life of Pi

December 21st, 2012 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Russell Baillie at NZ Herald reports:

As he sat on a wharf bollard to have his photo taken, Ang Lee eyed the Waitemata below with a slight grin.

Maybe it was because the Oscar-winning director, who was in Auckland yesterday, has spent a good deal of the past few years at sea Рor in a giant wave tank replicating it Рas he filmed Life of Pi.

The movie is a spectacular 3D adaptation of the supposedly unfilmable Yann Martell bestseller which tells of the adventures of a teenage Indian castaway sharing a lifeboat with a tiger named Richard Parker.

The film is great. I saw it a couple of weeks ago at a fundraiser for the Wellington branch of the Sensible Sentencing Trust along with around 150 others.

The reservation many had over the film, was that you will know from the beginning that Richard Parker is a tiger.  But that does not detract from the film.

The animal shots are incredible in 3D. Richard Parker looks magnificent, but everything does. The storm is amazing, the lost island beautiful and the other animals almost human like. The only issue was that the 3D was not done correctly in the first two minutes, and most of the audience were taking their glasses off and on trying to work out what was happening. May have been an issue on that copy only, but anyway was all okay after a couple of minutes.

Definitely a great film to see. Despite the fact you know how it ends if you have read the book, there are some nerve racking scenes on the life boat.

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7 Responses to “The Life of Pi”

  1. Sonny Blount (1,783 comments) says:

    Thanks for the spoiler.

    [DPF: Don't be so fucking precious. The book is 11 years old]

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  2. Longknives (4,763 comments) says:

    It’s got to be better than that steaming turd of a movie ‘The Hobbit’…..

    (Traitor they will scream! He hates his country etc etc)

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  3. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    I saw the trailer for Life of Pi this week before a screening of the Hobbit and wished it had been the other way around. That excellent critic on National Radio has already called Life of Pi the best movie of the year.

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  4. Fletch (6,407 comments) says:

    Thanks for that DPF.

    I had never read the book and had no idea what it was about….. :(

    [DPF: Oh get real. The book was published 11 years ago.

    Are you also going to complain I revealed The Hobbit is about a dragon? ]

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  5. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    I’m with Sonny and Fletch on this one.

    As someone that knew of the book but had no idea what it is about, and is a huge fan of director Ang Lee I am looking forward to seeing this movie.
    A spolier warning would have been nice! (as is usually the custom).

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  6. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    Some other great Ang Lee films to check out:
    1) Brokeback Mountain – absolutely robbed at the Oscars for best picture by Crash
    2) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    3) Lust, Caution
    4) The Ice Storm
    5) Sense and Sensibility – a Chinise man did a perfect version of this very English story!

    Although his version of the Hulk is flawed (too long and too slow) it has some interesting visual touches.

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  7. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    and speaking of the Hulk, Stewart Lee’s Ang Lee joke is well worth seeking out on youtube, if you’ve not seen it. Well, I reckon it is, anyway.

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