Becky and I went to see the new movie Life of Pi at the AMC Cinemas in Castle Rock, CO this past weekend. The Fandango website at Life of Pi describes the movie as follows…
“After deciding to sell their zoo in India and move to Canada, Santosh and Gita Patel board a freighter with their sons and a few remaining animals. Tragedy strikes when a terrible storm sinks the ship, leaving the Patels’ teenage son, Pi (Suraj Sharma), as the only human survivor. However, Pi is not alone; a fearsome Bengal tiger has also found refuge aboard the lifeboat. As days turn into weeks and weeks drag into months, Pi and the tiger must learn to trust each other if both are to survive…”
The Review: Life of Pi is getting great reviews by most of the film critics and I’ve talked with a number of people who have seen it with mixed opinions about it. I think it’s one of those movies that you’re either going to really love or really dislike.
It’s about this man who tells a whale of a tale about how he grew up in India and how his father owned a Zoo with a variety of wild animals. He’s shipwrecked with his family on a journey to start a new life and he is found alone on a boat with several of the wild animals from his Father’s Zoo and one animal in particular – a wild tiger.
The man is telling his story about how he survived with the tiger to another man who is listening to the story and the moral of the story is that all roads lead to God. The story has nothing to do with God, but with the boy and the tiger, but in the end you discover that the story is not even true, but an entertaining fable of what really happened on his little boat. He’s presented it for two hours as an option for you to decide, which story you choose to believe. At the end is the final climatic statement that tells us that you want to believe the nice story, the one about the tiger and not the truth and so it goes with God. Which is totally ridiculous because all roads do not lead to God. There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Sometimes the end is not only death, but also murder for choosing the wrong way, just like in this film. His conclusion is therefore fundamentally flawed that you can just choose what you want to believe and that fantasy will trump the facts, if you just believe. It sounds good, but it’s not reality.
The film was visually stunning and very well done for its cinematography, but it is boring, the story is lame and the ending made us really feel like we had wasted our time. It is getting rave reviews, so you may like it. Maybe it’s better to watch in 3D, but it wasn’t any good in 2D. There is no way I could sit through this film and watch it again. As you can tell, Becky and I didn’t like this movie, but Becky rated it a Rental and I rated it a Don’t Bother. I disliked the movie and felt like I had attended a lecture from Deepak Chopra on God. I half expected him to show up at the end and give us a synopsis of what we just watched. This is definitely not a film I would recommend and I should have listened to our two boys who said, “That movie looks stupid.” and decided not to go. They were right.
John – * Don’t Bother
Becky – ** Rental
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