Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Someone Else Again?

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I saw Ang Lee's The Life of Pi last night (or as Ellen Page calls it Life of Cry). It was one of my favourite books. Still is. But I read it ten years ago, quite romantically then, and I guess I'm a much different person now. Aren't we all?

But that movie! I never was a fan of 3D but in that water with Pi, (I swear I felt rain drops) and on his raft and in his boat with Richard Parker and taming his demons, his fear, I wanted to be someone else again. I wanted the better story but I know what really happened in that boat. I know. I know. But does what really happened or what's going to happen matter so much when all is said and done? Like Pi remarks as he shares his pain, "You might think I lost all hope at that point. I did. And as a result I perked up and felt much better."

Thank you Pi.

7 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I loved the book but was terribly disappointed in the movie because the screen play did not present the full central horror of the story -- just briefly alluded to it and without involving Pi himself in its full implications. I think the film makers chickened out, quite frankly. But I agree the movie was BEAUTIFULLY filmed otherwise.

wendy said...

That WAS a pretty amazing book for sure. I was surprised that they made it a movie, cause I couldn't picture how they'd do that??
I can't do 3D.....makes me motion sick.
I'll have to rent it when I can as we my hubby won't go to the theatre...like hardly EVER.

The Defiant Marshmallow said...

Aaaaagh! I haven't read the book or seen the movie. Which means I'm totally baffled by this post and the replies.
Now I'll have to at least go see the movie, right?

Adam said...

might have to see it. 2012 was a great year for movies

CLR said...

I purposely read the book first and then saw the movie.
After the book, I desperately wanted someone to talk it over with, and hash out all the 'symbolism' that must be there. The movie was a bit 'white bread' - left the intensity out.

dbs said...

These are great comments. I agree that the movie removed some of the intensity. I was surprised by how quickly Pi & Richard Parker were alone in the boat. In the book, the suffering in that boat was palpable but no so much in the film. Although no film version ever does complete justice to a book, it worked for me especially since it re-conjured a book I love.

Antares Cryptos said...

The book made me uncomfortable years ago. I wanted magical realism and knew that it was not.

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