I remember sitting in a theater when I caught the trailer for “Life of Pi.” I knew it was a movie I had to see so I recently ventured out to make a night of it (the night turned into an adventure, for that story, click here). After reading reviews, it seemed catching it in 3D was the way to go, so that’s what I did. I feel very fortunate in that choice, because the 3D was outstanding. It felt as if they actors were up on stage acting out each scene right in front of me. The scenes at sea reminded me very realistically of fishing trips with my dad. The deep blue water, the endless sky. It was all extremely remarkable. That said, watching it in 2D must suck. But I suppose if you don’t know any better, 2D is fine. Before reading on, you should know that I give high ratings to movies that touch on more than one emotion. I like to laugh, cry, get nervous, scared, angry, and/or inspired all within the 2 hours they have my attention. This particular movie had a few laughs, my favorite being the mention of Columbus and where he was sailing. But for a reason I can’t quite name, I never felt connected. Not to the main character, nor the supporting cast (one of which was a Bengal tiger). However, there were moments my heart beat faster, mostly because some of the scenes in the ocean were relatable.
Due to the intensity of some of the scenes, a lot of reviewers were upset this movie was advertised as child-friendly. I don’t have any problem with the film being called child-friendly and I’d take my young nieces to see this movie without hesitation (and I’m an animal lover). You can see much worse on network TV any day of the week.
And if you’ve done any research yourself, you’ve probably come across the mention of a mistake. It’s when the bengal tiger is given a goat to feast on in order to teach Pi a lesson in safety. Worst scene in the movie, not because of the nature of the killing, but because of the obvious botch. I don’t know why the director/producer would let such a glaring mistake pass.
So I liked it. Didn’t love it. Loved the 3D. Didn’t care for the ending. Would I see it again?
In 2D… no.
In 3D… yes.
On DVD… no.
On a date with Kate Beckinsale… yes.