Life of Pi movie poster

Life of Pi

In theaters November 21, 2012

127 minutes

Ang Lee (Taking Woodstock, Brokeback Mountain) has orchestrated a magnificent film about courage and faith in the face of extreme adversity. It is an accomplishment in film-making and story-telling that will earn its place among the grandest motion pictures of all time.
Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) is a youngster on a voyage with his family from India to their future home in Canada. They takes this voyage, along with their zoo animals, by freighter ship. In a storm, the boat sinks, killing everyone aboard except Pi who has managed to escape by lifeboat. A few animals make their way aboard Pi’s boat including a fierce Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker. Pi and Richard Parker form a shaky relationship that eventually would save both of their lives.
Life of Pi comes from a novel by Yann Martel. It’s been largely considered an unfilmable piece of literature. Ang Lee will surprise those critiques with this adaptation. The story-telling is great, though it is overshadowed by the film-making. Pi is beautiful. Much akin to Avatar, the special effects and 3D will amaze.
You can also catch Rise of the Guardians and Red Dawn this holiday weekend.

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Movie Reelist Contributor: Chris Giroux
Chris Giroux is founder and editor-in-charge at Movie Reelist, an entertainment news and review blog serving the most fanatic moviegoers. Chris started his publication in Detroit in 2010 and has since reviewed hundreds of films and interviewed numerous talent across the country. He is an avid film festival attendee and red carpet photographer, having shot the likes of Steven Spielberg, Bill Murray, Mark Hamill, and more. Chris grew up in New Mexico, where he studied mass media writing while working in post-production and multimedia authoring. It is also where he discovered Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from New York, resulting in an unhealthy Kurt Russell obsession.


  1. Enjoyed the story after my final processing of this film and the 3D special effects are “Top Drawer”. Thanks for the review.

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