Life of Pi by Yann Martel is a book that has been on my shelf for years, and I have yet to pick it up and start reading. I knew director Ang Lee was making the film version of the book, and today we got our first look at the film. The film stars Suraj Sharma, Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, and Tobey Maguire. David Magee adapted the book into the screenplay.
The trailer is another beautiful piece of work. While it gives the basics of the story, the trailer alludes to where the boy comes from and what is happening while he is gone. The central images in the trailer allude to a relationship that builds between the boy and the tiger as they spend a lot of time together on a small boat, both trying to survive. As an animal lover, it seems clear that the film will bring a few tears to my eyes when I see the whole film. I believe this film may be in 3D, but don’t quote me on that. There is quite a lot of CGI in the trailer, but it looks like director Ang Lee is using a soundstage to frame the time on the boat with a beautiful backdrop. Will anyone care that it does not realistic, but more like art? If it is done well and as beautiful as what is seen in the trailer, I will not.
“Director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a tragic disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While marooned on a lifeboat, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with the ship’s only other survivor — a fearsome Bengal tiger.”
Life of Pi is in theatres November 21, 2012.
by Sarah Ksiazek