Life of Pi Movie Review

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Ang Lee now has two Oscar wins (Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi) to his name and has established himself as one of the top directors around. For whatever reason, I did not get around to seeing Life of Pi until just recently and I seriously regret not being able to see this movie in theaters. I even regret not being able to see this movie in 3D. Ang Lee proved that he could adapt an ‘unadaptable’ book and was able to capture the wonderful journey of faith.


Directed By: Ang Lee

Starring: Suraj Sharma and Irrfan Khan

Written By: David Magee

Music By: Mychael Danna


“A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.” –IMDB

The Good

  • Visuals, visuals, visuals: Life of Pi was without a doubt the year’s most visually stunning film and rightfully deserved the Oscar for best visual effects. All of the CG animals look real (especially the zebra, hyena & orangutan) and for most of the movie I thought that they had used a real tiger. While the tiger in the boat with Pi was CG, there were some scenes in which they had to use a real tiger and after going back and watching it a second time, I still cannot tell the difference. Every scene that takes place at sea is stunning and truly is a work of art.
  • Suraj Sharma: I do not exactly know how Ang Lee or whoever the casting director was found Suraj because he had not been in anything and had no prior acting experience before Life of Pi. The visuals were stunning and great to look at, but this movie would not have worked if it were not for the job that Suraj did. He was able to capture the emotion of the journey and his relationship with the tiger, Richard Parker, perfectly.

The Bad

  • The Ending: The entire story of Life of Pi is about faith in god and faith in yourself. **SPOILER ALERT** Pi spent 227 days at sea surviving in a lifeboat with a tiger…or maybe he didn’t. His family was on a boat traveling to Canada and he did survive 227 days at sea; however, what happened while he was on the lifeboat is essentially decided by the viewer. While I do generally like when movies leave the ending of a movie with no correct answer such as Inception, the ending of Life of Pi left me more irritated than satisfied.

Grade: (8.5/10)


Ang Lee did a wonderful job of taking what seemed like an impossible task and turned Life of Pi into a blockbuster movie. The visuals were stunning and have been the best that I have seen in a long time…maybe ever. If you enjoy watching films that explore life and spirituality, then you will be sure to love Life of Pi.


5 thoughts on “Life of Pi Movie Review

  1. Great post! Consider yourself followed, agree that Ang Lee did a great job, it was known as an un-filmable book so he deserved Best Director for that alone, the CGI is probably some of the best I have ever seen too so i’m glad it won for Visual Effects.

    • Yeah, I honestly thought that it deserved best adapted screenplay as well.

    • I have to agree – since Memoirs of a Geisha, I’ve been starving for some Ang Lee genius. This was a refreshing film. Great plot – and it wasn’t marred by the use of stunning CGI, too. Which is rare these days.

  2. A beautiful film unlike any other, I just wish that the story was better and didn’t end the exact way it did. Nice review Colin.

  3. Thank you, appreciate it

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