Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
You didn't get a movie weekend last week, so this week you get TWO movie weekends, one today and one tomorrow. And you get both at the same low, low price.
Today, I present for your consideration Life of Pi (2012, Rated PG, available on DVD).
A writer visits the adult Pi Patel in Canada to hear Pi's life story, which is supposed to make one believe in God. Then in flashbacks, Pi -- or as I like to call him, 3.14 -- recalls his childhood and his extremely unusual experience of being shipwrecked on a lifeboat with a tiger named Richard Parker. How did 3.14 survive? And did his experiences on the lifeboat really occur in the way he describes them?
This seems to be a pretty popular movie, and I can agree with critics who describe it as imaginative. Ang Lee won his second Best Director Academy Award for Life of Pi (his first was for Brokeback Mountain). Although I agree that 3.14 is well photographed, as a whole, it just didn't grab me the way some other movies from 2012 have. I wasn't that crazy about Brokeback Mountain, either, although The Hurricane loved it. But maybe she loved it because she had a crush on Jake Gyllenhall at the time. Anyway, she liked what she called "smokin' hot gay cowboy sex." But if she had a crush on Jake, then why did she like seeing him kiss Heath Ledger?
It's just one of the mysteries of life, I guess.
I read the book Life of Pi by Yann Martel soon after it came out several years ago. I wasn't that crazy about the book so maybe that influenced my feelings about the movie. However, I do think that the actor who plays young 3.14, Suraj Sharma, is very good, and Richard Parker is absolutely beautiful. Most of the time, Richard Parker is a computerized tiger, but a real tiger appears in the film at some points.
I wonder if I would have liked this movie better if I had seen it on a big screen. I certainly don't think it's a bad movie, though, so I give it The Janie Junebug Seal of Approval.
If you watch it with kids, especially younger ones, be prepared to answer some unusual questions. I say watch it by yourself before you watch it with children.
I'm curious: Did you like this movie? Why or why not?
I think Ang Lee has made better movies than the two for which he's won Academy Awards. I love Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Sense and Sensibility.
I'll see you tomorrow with another movie.
Infinities of love,