Adapted from the same name, best-selling novel and earned four prestigious Oscar awards, “Life of Pi” did succeed in depicting the story of a young Indian man who survives the tragic shipwreck but later entered a 227 days journey on the Pacific Ocean with a ferocious Belgian tiger. Besides the struggle for survival, the movie also conveys deep, meaningful lessons on the religious aspects.
When family business fails, Pi Patel (played by Gautam Belur at five, Ayush at twelve, Suraj Sharma at 16 and Irrafan Khan at middle age) and his family have to move to Canada on a Japanese cargo ship. Unfortunately, the ship is struck by a deadly storm and only some people survive. However, an unexpected incident happens, separating Pi from the group, alone in the lifeboat with his family zoo animals, including the ferocious Belgian tiger named Richard Parker. In order to survive, Pi has to find a way to dealt with his unexpected and dangerous company.
Throughout 127 minutes of the movie, the audience would be fascinated by the transformation in Pi’s thoughts and actions, the beliefs he holds as well as his solution for the fearsome, aggressive company – Richard Parker. From a somehow weak, flaccid person, helplessly letting Parker takes over the lifeboat; Pi gradually becomes stronger and tries to gain the dominance. Finally, Pi achieves the control and sustains a neutral relationship with the Belgian tiger. This is not only a fight for survival but also a metaphor which implies the battle between the good and the evil.
Apart from the meaningful plot, “Life of Pi” is also praised for its remarkable visual achievement. In the movie, the tiger Richard Parker is mostly generated by computer technique and there is little use of the real tiger. The cinematographers are so success in creating and illustrating every motion of the Belgian tiger that perhaps few audiences can tell where the recordings of the real tiger are used. In addition to the