Lee's Review: "Life of Pi"

7:45 AM, Nov 23, 2012   |    comments
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(WLTX) - How do you tame a tiger? You share a lifeboat with one, naturally! At least, that's the way it works in Ang Lee's visually stimulating "Life of Pi."

But, in order to stay alive, you may also need a little faith. Our protagonist has his fair share of that. Pi practices three religions just to help him understand God. This frustrates his family and confuses others...but comes in pretty handy when in the close proximity of a hungry feline.

This miraculous tale begins in India with intentions of a voyage to Canada. Pi's father owned a zoo and was relocating the family. But stormy weather interferes and leaves with a very unlikely pairing. Now, our hero can do one of two things. He can either feed the tiger - or be fed to the tiger.

Fortunately, he builds a small floating vessel that keeps him a safe, tethered distance from the boat. This, however, is only good for a temporary amount of time and is aware that he eventually will have to confront the beast for survival.

Being that the story is established as a re-telling, during an interview, we're very aware that Pi survives. However, whether it happened exactly the way he presents it is still up for debate. There's a lot of spiritual symbolism involved to imply that his tale may be more metaphorical than literal.

What you choose to believe is entirely up to you. But, either way, I highly encourage that you see it. Even if you're not a fan of the book or moved by the emotional narrative, you'll be very impressed with the spectacle. And, yes, this is the kind of movie I recommend seeing in 3D. It may not be life-changing - but it's definitely worth experiencing. Help yourself to a slice of Pi this holiday weekend.

By Lee O. Smith, News19 Movie Reviewer

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