Over the Thanksgiving holiday, at my Grandpa's request, my family and I decided to go with him to see "The Life of Pi." Although his movie choices have been questionable in the past, we decided to give him another chance and give this movie a try.
"The Life of Pi" is the story of a zookeeper's son, Piscine Molitor Pate, Pi for short. The movie follows Pi's life in flashbacks before and after a shipwreck leaves him stranded on a lifeboat with an orangutan, a hyena, a zebra and a Bengal tiger, who in a mix-up received the name "Richard Parker."
"The Life of Pi" is rated PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril. Although the rating seems to be just words, I advise you to read it carefully, for this movie does contain some violent scenes involving animals that may be disturbing for younger children.
The film is directed by Ang Lee, who has created some breathtaking nature scenes. Complete with extremely realistic animals and vibrant colors, viewers can get lost in his world, and really feel as if they are there with Pi. By the time the flashbacks end, you forget they are even flashbacks.
At the beginning of the movie, the main character tells an author he will be telling him a story that will make him believe in God. Because of this statement, viewers are waiting for that moment when they will sit back in their chairs and say "Wow!" However, that moment never comes.
Instead, I walked away confused, wondering what the main purpose of the movie was. After sleeping on it and talking about it more with the people I went to see it with, I feel more intrigued by it. I would actually like to see it again, and hopefully this time I will be able to find more meaning behind it.
It looks like it falls under the category of another questionable pick by Papa!
Rebecca Brandel is a freshman at Mount St. Mary Academy.
"The Life of Pi,"
2 1/2 (stars out of 4)