I never wanted to watch Life of Pi, but since I was on an airplane and it was playing anyway, why not?
I kind of knew the whole gist of it, having heard pretentious wannabes go on and on about the novel. I must admit right off the bat that I have not read the novel, nor do I want to. I won’t be critical of the book. That’s not fair since I haven’t read it. But the movie was a big stink-bomb. I can’t believe it won best director. Ang Lee should have won for Brokeback Mountain: that was a more successful movie. Life of Pi is supposed to be a grand, epic, philosophical, I’ll show you God, type of story. But it isn’t. Not even close.
The storyline reminded me of something you would see in a sophomore college writing class… “He’s like, trapped on a boat.. with a tiger, dude, and he has to survive… and the whole movie he’s like fighting this tiger and taming it, and then, get this: at the end, you find out, like, there was never any tiger at all, bro! It was all, like, a deep metaphor. The guy is the tiger… and the other animals, like, represent his family. Whoah, dude. Pass the bong….”
Sidenote: when I was watching the movie, and first heard that the tiger’s name was Richard Parker, I almost threw up a little. This is so cheez. Richard Parker was the name of a real-life cannibal at sea, and also the name of a Poe character lost at sea… yet the author of Pi never even gives props to either source. Boo.
The movie was painfully bad (IMHO). And the CGI was supposed to be amazing, but didn’t really do anything for me.
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars…