In 2012 we have been previledged to be able to see two truly amazing high-concepts films: Cloud Atlas and Life of Pi. Both films deliver astounding images and concept that touch our humanity. Pi's journey is an incredible visual experience that will not be forgotten. His experience, and truly it is sad that this is not a true story, reaches depths rarely seen in Hollywood anymore.
You are right, the acting, especially for a new comer, was Oscar level, and that's just the Tiger! But Suraj Sharma acting was perfect. The entire movie was not only believable, and a spiritual experience. Even the floating island was made real and believable (FYI there are floating islands in the Atlantic made of Sargasso weed - some in history have reported islands just like this). You should not minimize the supporting actors either, Pi's mother and father were excellent as well.
While this was a slow paced movie, I never felt it was ever boring, it simply took the time to tell this amazing story as few stories are told these days. Because of it Director Lee has been added to my list of true top directors as a result of it.
I do hope the Pi is a financial success, since Hollywood needs to spend more time telling good stories, and less time find roles for Ben Afleck.
This was a 5 star movie, and one that really should be the Best Picture choice for the Oscars. Of course, it will never be, because Hollywood is about business and not art. But just as we chose to believe in Pi's tiger (instead of the other story told at the end), we can chose to believe that Hollywood (at least some) care about real stories and astounding art. Let's hope that at least Ang Lee gets the Oscar as best director.
I plan to see the film in both formats to make up my own mind about for 48fps. But it is a fact that disorientation sickness already affects a large population that see 3D movies. Not everyone's brain is wired the same.
I think I like the idea that this became 3 movies, and will have a 9 hour running time to watch them all. The same criticism was applied to Lord of the Rings too - it's too long - it could have been done in one movie. As we saw, you could not have shortened it, and in fact the 4 hour versions were better than the 3. Jackson pulled it off then, and I think he will here too. The universe he is presenting is richer than anything we have seen (short of Oz or Avatar), and I am looking forward to absorbing it all.
Let us only hope that Jackson makes enough form this one that he also commits to make JRR Tolkien's real prequel "The Children of Hurin"!
I am amazed by this review. I was in the "love-it" camp on Cloud Atlas. I love Tykwer's work (ALL OF IT! yes in CAPS), but this was a unique joy - a thoughtful, taking its time, supurb movie about a complex subject. Tom Hands as the gangster was too much fun, but it just proved all of the cast to be the true professionals they are. But it was also a movie about fate and destiny. Sonmi was more that just another V-like story, it is something that we will deal with as humans, just as we have dealt with it in the past (as Lincoln shows so well). So I wanted to thank you for the ONLY well written review of this movie I have found, and for being a reviewer that "gets" it.
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