When I first heard that Life Of Pi was in the making my lips widened into a smile as this has been one of my favourite books. My joy turned to happy disbelief when I learned that Ang Lee, also a favourite, was directing it. If anyone else had taken it upon themselves to bring this extraordinary story to life, I would question their sanity. If you’ve read this Yann Martel novel then you know that it’s one of those pieces that doesn’t translate easily from book to a movie. Practically based on introspection, wondering, inner suffering and growth, it is anything but an adventure that the trailer suggests it to be. However, if I had concerns regarding the successful adaption from written to visual, they all evaporated as soon as the main credits rolled and I put on the 3D glasses.
With each subsequent scene I became increasingly convinced that Mr. Lee had done it again. By the time movie ended, it already earned a spot in my “favourite films” list. It’s not just the excellent screenplay and the mesmerizing scenes that won me over. Nope. The credit also goes to Ang Lee’s phenomenal understanding of what 3D should be all about. He applied the technology to an already beautiful cinematography to create spectacular visual pleasure. This magic is perhaps most evident in the scene in which we see Pi’s uncle swimming in a pool, because there is nothing animated in it. This was only the fourth movie which I saw in 3D, but all the others, which are so apparently animated, use the technology to draw the audience into a fantasy. Life Of Pi, on the other hand, utilizes animation to recreate creatures and scenery to bring forth the stunning beauty of our planet. Of course, in this movie, these breathtaking images are also meant to reflect Pi’s inner journey.
It was only after this movie that I realized that I would love to watch a good European film in 3D. Would you? Or do you think that 3D should be reserved for Hollywoodian spectacles?
Oh, and lest I forget, let me explain why there was a three month gap in between this post and the one preceding it. I’ve spent the past few months observing the monkeys, cultivating an owl and learning how to tame a tiger, all the while participating in a wrestling match facing two opponents – Yin and Yang.
Or I can tell you a different story: that I spent my time learning the ropes at the office, practicing the wisdom of choosing my words carefully, reigning in my most characteristic trait of being open (and thus making myself vulnerable), while struggling to find balance between my professional and personal life.
You choose whichever story you prefer better.