The stranded-at-sea survival scenes in Life of Pi are lovely and affecting, both highly anticipated and rewarding for the millions of viewers who have been eagerly awaiting a film adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel since its release in 2001. The rest of the film fully embraces all of the modern holiday/awards season movie tropes: a narrative told through conversational flashback with emotional bookends, heavily whimsical yet somewhat true-to-life happenings, colorfully attractive CGI in three dimensions, a dark reveal that forces the viewer to rethink the preceding adventure. It’s an ideal example of big-budget modern family entertainment, perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday, and I’m sure it’ll be a top contender come awards season. So yeah, it’s rather ordinary, but in a comforting way, with enough imagination to easily sustain its 2 hour+ running time.
Life of Pi is now playing in Philly-area theaters.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.