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Film Review: Life of Pi (2012)
**minor spoilers**

Life of Pi (2012). Directed by Ang Lee, and based on the novel by Yann Martel. The story is told in flashback by Piscine (Pi) Molitor Patel, who starts his life in Puducherry, India. His family own a zoo, and when he is 16 the family decide to move to Canada, to take the animals with them, and sell them there. So off they all set on a freighter, which encounters a terrible storm. Life of Pi is one of those rare cases where I read the book first, and the film is a faithful reproduction of that. It's pretty much a story of 3 parts, which has a wrapper of Pi as an adult telling the story, and explaining at the end. The first part starts with Pi in India, followed by the shipwreck, and then (briefly) the island. The film is gorgeous, with incredible effects (particularly the realisation of the tiger in CG), and I can imagine it would be good in 3D. Suraj Sharma, who plays Pi for most of the film, is particularly good. I have the same feeling with the film as the novel, that the tale is a whimsical one but without any neatly tied off ending. There are times where I feel like Martel had a handful of random ideas, and threw them all into the story, without any clear thread to bring them all together. Annoyingly despite all this it still has an odd charm, for me at least. Perhaps the film is more about the journey than the end, and if you can cope with that you should enjoy it. 4/5 (Good)