It’s irrational

15 12 2012

Just got back from watching Life of Pi.

It’s all backwards. I was aware the film had been released and remembered I’d always meant to read the book (which came out in 2001 I believe). Saw the book at Costco on Wednesday and bought it for a song. It’s still unread, but now I’ve seen the film which is by all accounts is very close to the book.

I liked it. Clever. I liked the twist (don’t we all?!)

I liked the little piscine jokes.

I liked that Gérard Depardieu was in it, contenting himself with a very minor part, but playing it with wit.

I liked the idea that we need to come to terms with multiple sides of ourselves to get through this thing we call life.

I like the idea that Martel, the author, is Canadian (I didn’t know that) from back East.

Richard Parker, it seems, is the name of several real people involved in documented shipwrecks and cannibalisation events. Just sayin’…

If I was to rate it out of 5, I’d obviously have to give it
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Or more rationally, maybe 3.5.

It’s got some stunning effects, thanks to Ang Lee. “You can’t see the join” as they say, when it comes to the CGI. And at the end, having enjoyed the visual spectacle, you have to rewind and think about it. Excellent.