Jan 112013

Life of Pi
A hint of the beauty within

A couple of months ago, my Gamer Girl and I went out for a date night. After complex negotiations (“What do you want to do?” “I dunno, what do you want to do?”), we settled on watching the Life of Pi in 3D.

Ang Lee directed the movie, something of concern to me as he is the same guy that once butchered my beloved Hulk. But he is all grown up now and has apparently figured out everything there is to know about how to make a movie look even better than life.

Amazing. So beautiful. There were moments in the movie where I was stunned into paralysis by the visual mastery, sitting there slack-jawed while trying to memorize everything about what I was seeing so that I could keep it with me forever.

And I did, I have some of the scenes with me still, even as I type this, and my brain is made a better place by the presence of those images in my memory.

Sometimes I like what 3D brings to a movie, but usually it is distracting. For instance the Hobbit makes good use of the technology, providing some lovely interactive vistas but even still there are pitfalls, 3D images running out of the frame or otherwise providing a jarring visual reminder that one is watching a movie.

But Life of Pi is different, better, a whole new level. This is the only movie where I have thought to myself, “I am so glad someone invented 3D movies”! Every director thinking about using 3D should be required to first see Life of Pi so they can understand how 3D should work.

Setting aside the visual perfection, the movie itself is interesting. The story is not as perfectly amazing as the visuals (how could it be?), but yet is good on its own. The kind of movie that gives you something to talk about afterwards, that will engage your intellect and not just your heart, left-brain and right-brain both get something out of this film.

The Academy Award nominations came out yesterday and Life of Pi received 11. By comparison, Star Wars got 10. I am not trying to say Life of Pi is better than Star Wars, but it is a damn good movie and is way better looking.

Some kinds of movies
stay in your mind forever
Welcome, Life of Pi

If you haven’t seen it yet, go. Now. While it is riding momentum from the nominations and you can (hopefully) still see it on the big screen in 3D. Especially in 3D.

So beautiful.

🙂 😀 🙂

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Comments (3)
  1. Ang Lee is a far more interesting director than the “guy who made the Hulk.” That was a rare misstep for him. See Ice Storm, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Lust, Caution as well.

  2. @Jerry: IMO, Ang Lee did not ruin “The Hulk” – the script did. For the most part, I liked “The Hulk” But then, I also liked “Green Lantern” (the critic just got that one wrong, as far as I’m concerned).

  3. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon = good, very good
    The Hulk with all-new origin story and total disregard of canon plus general botchedness = bad, very bad
    Green Lantern = not good but not bad either. okay

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