Monday, November 19, 2012

Movie Monday: Life of Pi

I love books (clearly) and I love movies, so I thought it would be fun to feature more book-to-movie info on Steph's Stacks.

I would love to hear about some of your most anticipated book-to-movie releases!

Wow, this movie looks gorgeous! Director, Ang Lee, is no slouch in the making of visually stunning movies, (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for instance) and Life of Pi appears to be no exception.

Critics are loving the film and finding a bad review right now is like finding a hen's tooth. Life of Pi strikes me as a film that will be perfectly suited to 3D unlike some films where the 3D is added later or competely unecessary.

I've heard Life of Pi called a cross between Castaway and Avatar, in that case count me in!

Life of Pi is a masterful and utterly original novel that is at once the story of a young castaway who faces immeasurable hardships on the high seas, and a meditation on religion, faith, art and life that is as witty as it is profound. Using the threads of all of our best stories, Yann Martel has woven a glorious spiritual adventure that makes us question what it means to be alive, and to believe.

Growing up in Pondicherry, India, Piscine Molitor Patel -- known as Pi -- has a rich life. Bookish by nature, young Pi acquires a broad knowledge of not only the great religious texts but of all literature, and has a great curiosity about how the world works. His family runs the local zoo, and he spends many of his days among goats, hippos, swans, and bears, developing his own theories about the nature of animals and how human nature conforms to it. Pi’s family life is quite happy, even though his brother picks on him and his parents aren’t quite sure how to accept his decision to simultaneously embrace and practise three religions -- Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.

But despite the lush and nurturing variety of Pi’s world, there are broad political changes afoot in India, and when Pi is sixteen his parents decide that the family needs to escape to a better life. Choosing to move to Canada, they close the zoo, pack their belongings, and board a Japanese cargo ship called the Tsimtsum. Travelling with them are many of their animals, bound for zoos in North America. However, they have only just begun their journey when the ship sinks, taking the dreams of the Patel family down with it. Only Pi survives, cast adrift in a lifeboat with the unlikeliest of travelling companions: a zebra, an orang-utan, a hyena, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

“To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”


“If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.”


“When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.”


“Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud...”

IMDb info:

Release Date: Nov. 21, 2012 (Wide)

Director: Ang Lee

Writers: David Magee (screenplay), Yann Martel (novel)

Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain

Buzz is running high "certified fresh" with a staggering 93% positive critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a whopping 95% "want to see" user rating.

"There isn't a dull moment in the film, and there are about 300 worthy of a 'wow'." - Jordan Hoffman - Film.comFull Review

"Melds a harrowing high-seas adventure with a dreamy meditation on the very nature of storytelling." - Justin Chang - Variety - Full Review

What book-to-movie adaptation are you excited to see? Feel free to share in the comments below!

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