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.