Grounded as the story is in this journey from hell, it is easy to see Pi’s growing attachment to the tiger, though it is only really through him that the viewer develops a sense of its personality. The 3D effects used throughout are rarely extraneous or unnecessary; indeed, they have an elegant simplicity unusual in films that use them.
The landscapes, seas, and storms are at their most stunning with a washed-out palette, although Lee is tempted at times into the exaggerated psychedelic gorgeousness reminiscent of “Avatar,” with which the film has been compared on its posters. There is a bizarre mix of beautifully lifelike creatures and jarringly obviously computer-generated ones, including an eerily smooth elephant and weirdly stoned-looking orangutan.
On my first day of high school, a girl dropped her books in a busy hallway.
I crouched down to her level and gathered some of her notebooks.
I knew the meeting had been pushed back twice already by an unsympathetic hurricane that had left downtown Manhattan under several feet of water. I had found an agent who hadn’t run away when I finally told her that I was 15, who loved my story almost as much as I did, who submitted it and lured two — Phone call from my agent. A classmate, a car out of control, a crash into a tree.
Sweaty palms and dizziness, a tap of a shaking finger to a smudged screen. A sigh and, at last, the news, that the publisher had a similar novel on her list and vetoed the editors. We used to have gym together, I didn’t know him too well, and I never would.Two characters leave home and are forced to get along—the only snag is that one of them is an adult male Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.In “Life of Pi,” Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) is the unlucky son of an Indian zookeeper who decides to move his family from India to Canada, along with all of their animals.After a disaster at sea, Pi finds himself adrift in a tiny lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra, and the aforementioned tiger.Though the narrative for the director Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel “Life of Pi” is at times ponderous and overly sentimental, the journey of the lifeboat unfolds in a magical, minimalistic duet of sky and sea and is interspersed with enough gripping sequences of action to keep the film interesting.“Life of Pi” is a romanticized interpretation of Martel’s novel with Lee adding long introspective sequences, dreamy interludes, and even a superfluous love interest.However, when I reflect on my life, I realize that my height has shaped my character in many ways and has helped to define the person I am.If I had the introverted personality my older brother had in high school, I’d probably be overwhelmed by the constant public attention.I did know that two — — senior editors wanted to make all of my impossible dreams come true. I had slogged through the query trenches in search of an agent. After all, the next day was the beginning of National Novel Writing Month.I knew that the marketing and sales people had already looked over my manuscript — something that usually happened post-contract. I had collected enough rejection letters to wallpaper my room. I had an outline and a story to tell: one of imaginary friends, Newton’s Laws of Motion, a car out of control, a crash into a tree. in place of a greeting, another hurricane in the answer.(It was, I think, our pastor’s method of drilling the meaning of temptation into heads — he always preached about Eden the following Sunday.) I sat on my couch and counted the minutes until the agony of pie-making, (almost) forgetting the novel that was currently with the acquisitions board of one of the biggest publishing houses in the world.To be fair, I hadn’t known that the acquisitions meeting would be held that day.