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“Which story do you prefer?” – A Rapid Review of “Life of Pi”

  • Life_of_Pi_11I read this a long time ago, in high school, and loved the ending, which caught me off guard.  I wasn’t particularly keen on seeing the film, for fear of ruining my fond memories of the book.
  • While sometimes more beautiful, as expected from Ang Lee, (the moment when we see the ship sinking from underwater, the storm, the jellyfish, whale, meerkats galore, and awesome animations that brought Richard Parker to life), “Life of Pi” lost that subjective experience of reading a book in its translation to a movie.  It became less ambiguous, less meaningful.  
  • Reading about Pi’s experiences made the more magical parts of the book seem closer, whereas watching them created a distance – for example, the carnivorous island.
  • The modern day conversation that bookended the story felt heavy-handed, unrealistic, forced, as did Pi’s earlier explorations of religion.
  • The animals felt lifelike and real.  Wonderful animation technology.
  • 3/5 Waffles
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