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Life of Pi

11 January 2013 Film

Life of Pi

Crouching tigers once again prove no match for the masterful director Ang Lee in his breathtakingly beautiful adaptation of Life of Pi. Yann Martel’s Booker Prize-winning novel may have been deemed ‘unfilmable’, but in Lee’s hands the story has become a cinema experience to cherish. Adapted with remarkable deftness of tone by David Magee (Finding Neverland), the story unfolds as the adult Pi Patel (Irrfan Khan) is encouraged to reminisce by a curious writer (Rafe Spall). We learn how he grew up in a zoo (literally!), how he claimed his curious name and, eventually, how he came to be stranded in a lifeboat with a snarling Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. This is most certainly one to watch on the big screen, and marvel at Lee’s dazzling 3D artistry. Stunning visuals and a bravura performance from newcomer Suraj Sharma as the young protagonist make Life of Pi a quest destined to impress. 

Alice Tynan

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