I have never been so moved by a film as LIFE OF PI in 3D.
I couldn’t get into the book when it first came out, and hesitated to see the movie for quite a while. I thought it sounded too fantastic to be believable. I mean how could I relate to the experience of watching a 16-year-old kid deal with a tiger on a life raft?
Rarely have I been so wrong.
The film slowly draws you in. The first part, set in India, is interesting, but not different than any other movie. I knew the main character would end up on a raft with a tiger.
But the emotional experience, the desperation and despair experienced by this lone man floating on the sea, captured for me all of my own most hopeless and disconsolate life moments. The universal experience of complete isolation and hopelessness is expressed in the most beautiful and captivating ways by this film. Not to mention the pure artistry portrayed through masterful use of color and cinematography.
I eventually lost awareness that I was in a theater watching a film, and felt that I was truly there, experiencing everything as in a dream. I felt the abject fear and hopelessness of the character, while also being transferred back to my own most desperate moments of utter despair and loneliness.
Words are inadequate to express the total experience of this film. Just go see it, and try to see it in 3D.
This is a singular life experience… truly a visual masterpiece.