'Life of Pi' (2012) Review: Were The 3D & Visuals Good Enough To Heighten The Experience?

Adult Pi: "Faith is a house with many rooms"

Writer: "But no room for doubt?"

Adult Pi: "Oh plenty, on every floor. Doubt is useful, it keeps faith a living thing. After all, you cannot know the strength of your faith until it is tested."

Life of Pi is based on the bestselling book of the same name and follows a young man, Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, whose parents own a Zoo and one day decide to move it to Canada.

On their way to Canada on a Japanese freighter, Pi decides to go up to the ships surface during a rainstorm, to which he is greeted by an almost Titanic-esque disaster.

Following these events, he finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal Tiger, Richard Parker.

It is here we fully begin to experience the film as Pi.

3D these days has been overused to the point of futility. it's thrown around like a cheap gimmick(which, it ultimately is. Gimmick, that is), but the 3D in Life of Pi was used well, and not just put in for the sake of it.

Using it to highlight depth of field is one thing, and it's what's expected. But the use between the cross-cuts and transitions really helped accentuate the 3D.

Performances were something that really needed to be spot on here, as they needed to translate emotion as well as the native tongue.

Newcomer Suraj Sharma had his shining moments on the lifeboat throughout the whole ordeal, and his interactions with Richard Parker were so beautifully scripted and designed by the team at R&H.

The design in Life of Pi was beyond comprehension, it's the intricacies such as the montage in the sea or even the field with hordes of Meerkat scurrying around were all subtle but beautiful details that all equaled a wonderful film.

Despite a small number of performance issues, the visuals and emotion injected to each scene more than made up for the little negatives.

Plot: 7.5

Visuals: 9.5

Dialogue: 7

Performances: 6.5

Overall: 8/10


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