Well greetings, and Merry Christmas I wish to all who are celebrating it and reading this post. Today I am going to post something out of my norm, but kind of in my norm, depending on the contents of this post, but it's gonna adequately be 'me'. I so desperately need to write a review about this movie, that the second I went out of the cinema, I asked my dad to buy me a notebook and a pen for me to jot my ideas down.
Oh and, SPOILER ALERT!!!!
I've recently caught this movie with my parents, since the reviews of how it is 'spectacular' and 'awesome'. I came thinking hey, this is just gonna be another Avatar woop-dee-woop. Oh how wrong was I. First up, I am slightly annoyed at GSC for making their advertisements running for like half an hour or more. Uncool. But the seats my dad chose were amazing so no complains there.
To me, the movie can be divided into two parts; the philosophical spectacular at the end/beginning, or the visual effects spectacular in the middle of the movie. Both are, nevertheless spectacular.
The starting is set up in India, New India, Pondicherry to be exact. So it wasn't much of a Slumdog Millionaire kinda thing, and it was nice for me for I have never actually seen in movies (I am quite lame) so it was a slight but good exposure to me. Piscine Patel (I have forgotten the full name) was named after a public swimming pool in France. According to his uncle, or 'Mamaji', the pool water is so clear that you could see yourself in it, or something. So yes, even pronouncing 'Piscine' can give you the idea of the teases probably given at the young boy. Until he figured out a way to turn the table, by associating his name with 'Pi', an equation, or something. What made him known, is for the fact that he memorized three blackboard's worth of numbers from this 'never ending' equation. Quite great if you ask me.
Skipping a few parts, Pi's father was a 'New Indian'. he was one who did not believe in religion, for he saw what science could do. And his mother, believed in Science, but religion, Hindu, is her roots. That is her ground, how she comes back home. Pi at a young age discovered Hindu, just as us Muslims, how we read agama books and comics and know more. When he grew older, he was dared to drink the holy water at the church. Then a priest came to him, and explained Christ. He became curious, and his hunger for knowledge made him go back for more. See, a child's curiosity is never satisfied until he gets the exact hunger. Then, he found himself another source of faith. Then he stumbled upon a mosque, and he learnt the way of Islam. He learnt how to pray and described how when he prayed, the place that he stood became holy and he was at peace. which was true, as I have felt it at times.
What really inspired me is the fact that he wanted to find a sense of faith, a sense of a rock to hold on to. All he has ever done is to find faith, which I find very extroadinary. He's confused, but he's kept an open mind and tried to find.. a sense of belonging. And a quote that my father said was very philisophical, from Pi's father "I'd rather you believe in something that I don't believe in rather than you accept everything". I have yet to figure out what it means by myself. And when Pi wanted to see the Richard Parker, again he was trying to find meaning. To see tranquility. My father asked me, "Do you think the tiger has a soul?" or something like that, immediately i answered "Yes he does, he reflects our emotions, he could feel as well as we could. Just like in the movie, and it's just he's distorted, he cannot express it in the ways we can"
And then the ship sunk and Pi was forced on a life boat. I'd say it's a very sad scene, considering he has lost everything, literally his whole family and life and he had no time to grief about it and he was forced in another direction by God. And yes, the tiger did make him sane, it made him alert. It's very inspiring, but a bit slow at times.
The visual effects are wonderful, beautiful the scene the water everything, magnificent.
Well in the end, to be honest there are two ways to take the story. The one with the tiger and the one without (watch the movie and you'd know), and to me at first there was only a single side to the story. But my mother chose to believe the version without the tiger, and I'm not saying it's exactly wrong to believe in that version. Would you prefer to choose in the logical one, the one who makes more sense, the one that actually is real and told by a sailor lost at sea for weeks with no food and water, or a philosophical one about losing and renewing your faith in God, and a heartwarming story about a tiger? Imagine if you weren't there to witness the story, just to listen to the tale, who would you believe.
I'm sorry my story lacks, and it's not as well written. It took me the course of two days to write this, so basically I lost my idea of what I was about to write. I think I'd be able to explain it in person though, but I will never know haha.
But this movie is a must watch, very heartwarming and it makes you rethink life in a way. I would bet my money that the book is better, even without reading it.