Before I saw the film, friends had told me that Yann Martel’s novel, The Life of Pi, was unadaptable; that the plot just couldn’t be translated from book to movie. Yet Ang Lee took on the challenge, and against all odds it was a box office success. The plot centers around Pi a boy who grows up in India with parents who own a zoo. His family then decides to emigrate to Canada, and on their trip over, the freighter they’re travelling on is shipwrecked. Pi is then stranded at sea, in a lifeboat with only a Bengal tiger for company.
Arguably the best part about The Life of Pi was it’s beautiful shots, and it was no surprise that Claudio Miranda won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his striking work on this film. If you didn’t see The Life of Pi when it was in cinemas, Blu-ray really is the next best way to watch it. The vibrant colours and stunning scenery are really worth watching in the highest quality possible, as they add so much to the cinematic experience. I personally don’t feel that 3D is needed, if anything it dulls the gorgeous colouring of the whole film, so I’d advise getting the normal Blu-ray version.
You couldn’t hope for a more aesthetically pleasing film, and with a moving storyline and a great cast, this is definitely one to put on you Christmas lists!
The Life of Pi (2012), directed by Ang Lee, is released on Blu-ray disc in the UK by Twentieth Century Fox, Certificate PG.