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"LIFE OF PI" MOVIE REVIEW By Film School In Hong Kong

After several attempts at reading the book the “Life of Pi“, last week I gave in and went to see the movie. I had heard a lot of good things about the film, with one friend even declaring that it deserved to win ‘Best Picture’ at The Academy Awards.

I have, I suppose a mixed review. I thought that film was magnificent in terms of its aesthetics – never have I seen anything so beautiful on screen. The scene in which Pi is dragging his hands through the water, stirring up the glowing plankton is especially stunning.

I thought Suraj Sharma’s portrayal of Pi was very moving, and you most certainly could not tell that this was his first ever outing as an actor. He coped extraordinarily well, especially considering how difficult it must have been to respond to and feed off of a tiger in an artistic sense!

Although I did enjoy most of the movie, I was not entirely satisfied by it. I suppose it was the story, and to be more specific the ending that felt somewhat lacking to me. Perhaps it was my own short-comings as a viewer (I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I feel I didn’t fully understand the deeper meaning at the close of the film) but after such an extraordinary show I wanted more. In a way maybe that is where the beauty of the film lies, it is simply a fantastical tale, that doesn’t need an explosive end, but rather a peaceful one, that leaves the audience contemplative. Hmm, that’s something I’ll stew over. But it’s definitely worth the watch.

 

– Katie Riley, IAFT Marketing Coordinator

After several attempts at reading the book the “Life of Pi“, last week I gave in and went to see the movie. I had heard a lot of good things about the film, with one friend even declaring that it deserved to win ‘Best Picture’ at The Academy Awards.

I have, I suppose a mixed review. I thought that film was magnificent in terms of its aesthetics – never have I seen anything so beautiful on screen. The scene in which Pi is dragging his hands through the water, stirring up the glowing plankton is especially stunning.

I thought Suraj Sharma’s portrayal of Pi was very moving, and you most certainly could not tell that this was his first ever outing as an actor. He coped extraordinarily well, especially considering how difficult it must have been to respond to and feed off of a tiger in an artistic sense!

Although I did enjoy most of the movie, I was not entirely satisfied by it. I suppose it was the story, and to be more specific the ending that felt somewhat lacking to me. Perhaps it was my own short-comings as a viewer (I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I feel I didn’t fully understand the deeper meaning at the close of the film) but after such an extraordinary show I wanted more. In a way maybe that is where the beauty of the film lies, it is simply a fantastical tale, that doesn’t need an explosive end, but rather a peaceful one, that leaves the audience contemplative. Hmm, that’s something I’ll stew over. But it’s definitely worth the watch.

 

– Katie Riley, IAFT Marketing Coordinator

IAFT Cebu

IAFT Cebu

IAFT Cebu, Philippines is a film school that delivers an educational experience that reflects Hollywood roots and traditions. Founded in 2004, IAFT Cebu offers Certificate and Diploma programs in film , acting and 3D animation. Located in: One Hollywood Blvd
, Bigfoot I.T. and Media Park, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu, Philippines. Email: cebu-admissions@iaft.net, Contact Numbers: Globe/Viber: +63-917-314-3456 Smart: +63-947-991-9659 Phone: +63-32-495-2111