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'Life of Pi' tells an amazing story Phillip Brents | Fri, Dec 07 2012 12:21 PM

Coming to theaters in time for the holidays from Academy Award winning director Ang Lee and Fox 2000 Pictures is a film that will challenge everything you believe from Yann Martel’s novel in the “Life of Pi.”

This film tells the story of Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma), a young man who lives in Pondicherry, India, where his father owns a zoo. In that zoo is a tiger named Richard Parker and Pi is amazed by him.

One day Pi’s father announces that they can no longer have the zoo and must move to Canada. The family sails on a huge freighter to reach their destination with the animals that are going to new homes. During a violent storm the ship sinks leaving Pi on a lifeboat alone.

But not for long as Richard Parker jumps into the 26-foot long lifeboat and their journey together begins. Fighting for survival the boy and the tiger do what they must to stay alive.

Final word: Irfan Khan as the older Pi is such an amazing choice to tell the story. As he meets the writer who wants to tell his story there is such a calmness and sense of self from this actor. His voice is calm and soothing making the viewer comfortable to settle in for more of the story.

As Suraj Sharma takes over the role of the young man Pi, the story becomes so riveting. This young actor takes us on his journey of discovery, of survival, and the constant flux of nature.

Watching this young man handle the pain of losing his family and then realizing that Richard Parker isn’t your average boat mate is beautiful.

Lee won an Academy Award in 2006 for “Brokeback Mountain” and in 2001 for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” Tackling the Martel novel, Lee has once again shown why he is a director to be reckoned with by  bringing drama and beauty together for audiences who love film.

Tubs of popcorn: I give “Life of Pi” four tubs of popcorn out of five. What a beautiful film with a story that unfolds in such a startling way. This is the type of film that after viewing you want to sit with someone at a coffee shop and discuss it. There are so many ways things can be interpreted and everyone will definitely have their own.

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