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I know it’s a little early to be looking back at 2012 already, but Life of Pi is truly one of the most amazing films I’ve seen last year. I watched it just last week and it has already made my top 10 favorite movies. Here’s why:
10. The awards
Since its release, it has already won numerous accolades including three Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director and Best Original Score.
9. The critics’ responses
Roger Ebert, whom I always trust to have an objective opinion, loved it. If you want to read his review, it’s here. Other critics have called Life of Pi “a visual masterpiece” and a “delightful” adaption of the novel.
8. The audience’s responses
A lot of the times I feel there’s a great discrepancy between what critics think and what the audience believes to be a good film or movie. In the case of Life of Pi, I think that these two groups would likely agree that it was a great movie. On Rotten Tomatoes, 89% of critics enjoyed it and 90% of the audience members liked it.
7. The cinematography
Much of the story takes place at sea and so the movie is full of vivid images of whales and dolphins and jellyfish and flying fish and every possible sea creature you can imagine. There’s a zoo with exotic animals. There’s a carnivorous island full of meerkats. You thought Avatar in 3D was impressive? Life of Pi will blow your mind.
6. The tiger
Did I forget to mention there’s a CGI tiger in the movie? Richard Parker is a pretty impressive-looking cat.
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5. The humor
Although it’s a pretty serious movie, there are parts that are unbelievably funny. There’s something great about movies that can make you cry, laugh and contemplate life in one sitting; Life of Pi is one of those movies.
4. The ending
It’s the type of movie that makes you think. It’s not just entertainment; there’s also something meaningful. It’s a little like Inception since you’ll begin to question what’s real or not, but more so with this movie, you’ll probably learn a life lesson or two.
3. The director
It’s always difficult to translate novels to movies and I think Ang Lee did a wonderful job capturing the novel’s aspects into motion. The Taiwanese-American director won an Academy Award for Best Director back in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain and he’s directed numerous other equally notable films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000 and Hulk in 2003. He’s got a pretty impressive record. If you haven’t seen his other films, you probably should, but preferably after you catch Life of Pi.
2. The storyline
The movie is adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name by Yann Martel. There is a reason why people choose to make motion pictures out of novels—the stories are well-written and, at the very least, interesting and intriguing.
1. The cast
As a frequent movie watcher, I can say with confidence that the plot that drives the story is just as important as the character in that story. I think it’s pretty incredible that Lee managed to cast all international actors. There are no big Hollywood stars in this film.The story’s main character Pi is played by Suraj Sharma, and this is his debut film. It’s always enjoyable to see fresh new faces take on big roles. I thought Suraj Sharma did a wonderful job, as did the rest of the cast.