Sunday, November 25, 2012

Life of Pi, a Movie Review

The New Times said, "There are images in “Life of Pi” that are so beautiful, so surprising, so right that I hesitate to describe them. Suffice it to say that the simple, elemental facts of sky, sea and animal life are captured with sweetness and sublimity."  Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 87 and one their reviewers said "This transcendent fable carries a real sting in its tail. Ang Lee has made a bold and wondrous movie, one of his best."

So, against that inner little "thing" sitting on my shoulder telling me otherwise, I went to see Life of Pi, all 127 minutes of it. My DH's comment as we entered the theater was,"I'll be fine as long this isn't two hours in a boat." Suddenly, I felt sea sick. Two hours in a boat sounded ghastly. And then there was  Ang Lee - not my favorite director, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, included.

Full disclosure here, I didn't read the book for a reason - the story did not interest me. Unfortunately, the movie did not either. Yes, the imagery was beautiful. The photography was wonderful. But, I left the theater tired. I felt as if I had been fighting high waves and a Bengal tiger for two hours.

Needless to say I cannot recommend the movie. Perhaps someone in love with the book and with Ang Lee would appreciate the film more than I. 

4 comments:

Linda Medrano said...

Ann, Honey, I admire you more than you know. I know you are funny, accomplished, smart as a whip, and hell's bells, lets throw the gorgeous in there too. But Girlfriend! What were you thinking? Yes, tigers are beautiful. Yes, boats are fine. Yes, water is fine. (Okay, to tell the truth I don't like boats or water that much. I have to be coerced into a shower as a matter of fact.) But to watch two hours of some dude sitting in a boat with a tiger just wouldn't float my boat in any way, shape or form.

Barbara said...

Well, now I'm torn, because one my friends just sent me an email highly recommending the movie. But reading your take on it, it doesn't sound that great. Maybe I will just have to go see "Flight" instead, because while I don't relish the idea of watching a plane crash, I do relish Denzel Washington!

Ann Currie said...

Remember, it's just my opinion. You may enjoy it. The movie is supposed to be one of the best this year.

Ann Currie said...

I know, I'm not sure what I was thinking when I said, "Sure, that sounds like a good idea." Lesson learned.