Life of Pi (2012) – Don’t Lose Hope

I always thought that “Life of Pi” was actually a dark psychology movie and yes, it is. Of course, this movie is more than just an adventure or survival film. However, I prefer to see the film from an honest point of view; not trusting the story of Suraj Sharma’s Pi about a boy and a tiger. On top of that, this is a satire movie, a movie about trust and belief. This film is about an adventure about believing in the greatness, beauty, and wonders of God. I also prefer this film to discuss its theme more confident regardless of a few comedy yet flicking.

The movie began with the introduction of the Pi Patel character or “Pee”. Other children always called him by such the name compared to 3.14. Ang Lee opened “Life of Pi” in a coming-of-age approach; from childhood to the current event where a writer interviewed Pi. But, the funny thing about Pi is that his innocent view of the true God and this mortal life. He studied many beliefs but also learned through his father’s view of religion.

In addition, Pi believed in at least three religions at once: Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam. He called himself Hindu Christianity. One time, Pi learned about the zoo and common sense or could be called modern thinking from his father. Until adulthood, Pi’s cynical view turns gray and no longer cares about God’s existence.

One day, his father decided to take his family to Canada because of the financial crisis in India. They bring all zoo-dwelling animals so they can them sold in North America. Pi’s adventure began when the ship they were traveling in sank; making Pi must survive on the raft and in the vast ocean. He was also “accompanied” by an adult tiger, Richard Parker.

This film is a character study of individualism and God. Pi learned about how to survive and how to not lose hope. He dared to solve problems especially having to make a bond with his tiger friend. There is no dialog if you count on the first act and the current event. Throughout flashback, the movie just focuses on Pi, as well as doing a voice-over, and trying to work together with Richard Parker.

There is another character namely God itself but it’s not like the character works in a mysterious way, which is like that. Pi tried to understand and survive while God brought a message whether it was from the light or the beauty of the ocean where he survived. “Life of Pi” is visually spectacular in so many ways. Although I’m not a fan of CGI, the exception to this film because this is the way to show and execute a CGI. CGI strongly supports storytelling.

Ang Lee is able to capture an emotion, every emotion, including every terrifying visual cinematography on screen. Yes, similar to “Cast Away” but it’s more adventure, surrealism, and dream-like. Suraj Sharma is like the young of Tom Hanks, able to give us a performance from a one-man show. Especially if this is just a film about a boy and a tiger, but why does this movie make you cry like a baby? It feels natural; in other words, but hard work gives a perfect result. Pi tells a story, truly, extraordinary whether it’s a lie or honesty, you can choose between the two stories which are the most interesting.

Besides it’s actually hard because I always procrastinate in order to watch this film, this was great. This is the man who directed “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Brokeback Mountain“. Both of the movies show a beautiful visual style of the director as well. And yet, I prefer it when I don’t want to answer or even choose between the two stories. But, I prefer the second one because it’s just real and honest when Pi tells it. It’s difficult to be able to describe it, but what if nothing is right? It leaves you with a choice or a question.

“Life of Pi” is a philosophical movie about a journey and relationship between a boy and tiger, with beautiful visuals, and great cinematography. In addition to a mindblowing performance by Suraj Sharma, this movie encourages you to talk about how extraordinary a journey would be God’s intervention. But, this is a movie. The audience could see from what point of view this film goes. And I love it. I thought this was just a film about survival on the ocean. Yet, I was wrong. This is why filmmaking exists.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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