Life of Pi


I first stumbled upon this book when it was recommended to me by a guy upon whom I had a massive crush.

It was one of his favorites, and he gushed about it so much on our one coffee date that I just had to pick it up.

I finished the book during a transatlantic flight home from Poland, and the ending made me bawl. Unabashedly. Right there. On the plane.

It became one of my all-time favorite novels.

So it was with a great degree of skepticism (and a fair amount of dread) that I took note that Life of Pi was being made into a movie. Even though Ang Lee was doing it, I was really worried.

Too many times had I witnessed books that I truly enjoyed, destroyed during the cinematic transition (Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings, the list goes on…).

Then the trailers started. And I must admit I teared up a little watching them (they were so visually stunning and brought back the books details so vividly!)

But I was also wary, because there were a couple shots in the trailers that sort of made it look like a “boy and his pet tiger adventure on the high seas”.

Even so, I decided to take a risk. After our meal was finished, my mother and I saw the movie on Thanksgiving Day. In 3-D of course, as it was so highly recommended.

I’m pleased to say that the movie is very faithful to the book, and in no way destroyed the story. And thank Vishnu/Allah/God they didn’t change the goddamn ending.

Was the movie as good as the book? No. It did omit some detail which enhances Pi’s credibility as a tiger tamer. And a girlfriend was added to the story– but that was very minor.

In addition, some of the gore was… abbreviated… which was probably good decision as it wasn’t completely necessary. Although in the book it makes the tragedy that much more profound and moving.

But overall, I’d say the movie was extremely well done. And the 3-D added just that extra touch of depth and realism.

And yes. I cried in the movie, much as I had when reading the book.

I highly recommend seeing it. In the theater. And in 3-D. Especially if you haven’t read the book, as the ending will be that much more powerful.

And so it goes with God.

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5 Responses to Life of Pi

  1. Doréus says:

    Like you, I had thoroughly enjoyed the book (enticed by curiosity after it won the Man Booker Prize, something not that common from a Canadian author). And like you, I was a wee worried about how it would transfer to the silver screen… and like you I was transfixed when I saw the movie yesterday. It was actually interesting to read critics’ comments on the movie… there were those who had obviously not read the movie and did not get the point, and those who enjoyed it for what it is. So… I wondered what the movie would do for someone who did not have prior knowledge of the book, and I saw that my partner also thoroughly enjoyed it and was moved… and that was a wonderful experience to share.

  2. Tony says:

    Crying is for sissies. 😉

  3. JimA says:

    Who is this? Who took over cb’s blog… where is the sarcasm and bitchiness?
    Seriously… I’ll have to read the book now.

  4. Dirk says:

    Wait — you didn’t like The Lord of the Rings movies…?

  5. Blobby says:

    Eh, I wasn’t that moved. Visually it was fine and yes, they toned down the violence of the animals and they certainly didn’t show him gutting turtles and drinking their blood, or killing meercats and using their blood to get rid of the sting of the “island”. (but I disagree with you it wasn’t needed. If he didn’t include so much of it in the book, the book would have been 100 pages, not 300+). And thankfully they didn’t shoot the visualization of the last chapter….they couldn’t have and gotten a PG rating. …and yeah, the inclusion of a girl annoyed me.

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