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This review is from: Life of Pi (DVD)
This may be the hardest movie review I've ever written, somehow words don't
express it quite right ...

To begin, I saw Life of Pi in 3-D. A week later I went back and saw it again,
because I don't foresee having another chance. I expect the color and detail
will remain gorgeous in 2-D, and I definitely intend to buy the disc.

However the 3-D in this movie is spectacular. The tiger, Richard Parker, is
at the top of the list, but in fact the entire movie benefits tremendously
from 3-D. If you liked Avatar, you probably liked the marvelous animals.
And I'm sure in some scenes, Richard Parker is CGI'd to some extent. But
Life of Pi has a real earthly animal to work with, and you can argue there
is no animal on earth more beautiful or fierce than a tiger. That's part
of the genius of this movie, and I'm sure one reason James Cameron liked
it so much.

That brings me to another point about this movie, its suitability for kids.
Hopefully by now you understand the tiger is not a cuddly pet. Its very much
a wild animal, just like you can see in nature videos. Except in this movie
the tiger is a lot closer. He wants to eat Pi. Pi can't always see the tiger.
The audience knows the tiger is going to try something, but that just makes it
all the more nerve-wracking. Or exciting, depending on the person watching.
This movie made me jump several times, and I was often clutching the arms of
my chair. Its pretty intense in places. More so the second time I saw it.
I kid you not.

"Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the darkness of the night"
- William Blake

"Tell me what you see"
- Pi

Regarding the story, I will say the movie starts out to establish what kind
of a kid Pi was when he was growing up in India. This helps us know Pi as a
multi-dimensional character. But the beauty of this part of the movie is
the kind you can see every day, not the visionary beauty that comes later.
Maybe it takes more effort to see it, because its a little too much like our
own lives when we were kids. Growing up can seem mundane. But sometimes
it can also be dangerous. Or heartbreaking.

Once the movie shifts to the ocean, its very easy to believe that now we
have our arms around the story. But Life of Pi is one of those movies where
we don't really know the story at all, until the last word of dialog has
been spoken. There's more than one story here, and most of what makes you
think, after its over, comes at the very end. You have to pay attention to
pick it all up. On disc, you may want to re-play a few seconds at the end
of the movie.

Its worth it. If you like to think about a movie, if you have a vivid memory
for beauty, then Life of Pi is one of the easiest movies to recommend. Its the
second masterpiece of 2012.
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Initial post: Jan 27, 2013 8:29:26 PM PST
Anthony L. says:
"And you can argue there is no animal on earth more beautiful or fierce than a tiger."
I liked your review then and there. The tiger is the most beautiful creature on earth.

I loved the way Life of Pi showed the tiger completely un-anthropomorphized. I found the two character's relationship to be quite compelling. I also wanted to watch the film in slow motion - it was so visually beautiful. It was truly gorgeous.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2013 9:19:50 AM PST
Adam says:
Actually, the tiger wasn't just CGI'd in some parts. It was 90% CGI. Most of what you see of Richard Parker is not an actual tiger on screen with the actor. That's what made it so spectacular, considering how real and convincing it looked. I do agree with the rest of it though - a wonderful movie that everyone needs to see.

Posted on Mar 3, 2013 3:29:37 PM PST
kurt's fan says:
Whats the first masterpiece

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 1:31:08 AM PST
Anthony L. says:
I knew that, yes. It must be tough acting in a wave tank set up in an abandoned Taiwanese airport, surrounded by green screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 1:31:51 AM PST
Anthony L. says:
Also, can you tell me what was CGI and what wasn't? I'm assuming that the shot of RP in the zoo was real, and that everything in the boat was fake.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2013 1:20:22 AM PST
RW says:
I wondered the same - perhaps the reviewer left that for each of us to decide.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2013 1:36:33 AM PST
Ash1138 says:
kurt's fan said: "Whats the first masterpiece"

The first masterpiece was Cloud Atlas.

Posted on Mar 10, 2013 1:41:01 PM PDT
Peggy Stone says:
I have seen this three times in the theatre (and wish I could see it more) because I know no home viewing experience will ever match the magic of being surrounded by this in 3D. I have been urging everyone I know to see it while they can and not wait for the DVD - even though I will buy it. Just the sequence where Pi asks the tiger, "What do you see?" is worth the price of admission. In a year of spectacular films and enormous competition for the Oscar, this is the one I will be remembering for the rest of my life.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2013 7:41:32 AM PDT
Anthony L. says:
Damn right!
That part is stunningly beautiful. That and the opening zoo part. And the storms. And most of the awesome film.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2013 2:01:28 AM PDT
The scenes with the tiger swimming in the water alone and the scene where the tiger is scrambling to get back in the boat were filmed using a real tiger (tigers like water and swim regularly). All the rest were digitized.
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