"I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye."
~ Pi Patel
I saw this movie for the second time the other night. I saw it the first time, because I was making sure I saw all the movies that got #OscarNoms. However, the second time I saw it was because the girl I’m dating hadn’t seen it yet, and I knew she had to see it on the big screen. When she learned that I had already seen it, she said, “I don’t want to make you go see something you’ve already seen.” I simply responded by saying, “No worries, the pleasure is all mine.”
I’m usually not a #BigFan of movies that have excessive CGI, or 3D movies for that matter. However, this movie, which has both, blends these two elements masterfully, and I couldn’t even fathom the movie without them.
I’m going to start this review by talking about the star of the movie; Richard Parker, the Bengal Tiger who is stranded on a life boat with Pi following a ship wreck. I can’t remember the last movie, if ever, that I saw where an animal evoked such emotion, and transcended the limitations of being speechless and say so much. You’d be shocked to know that most of the scenes in the movie, involving Richard Parker, are actually CGI. There is no wonder why the special effects team behind this movie won an Oscar. Trust me when I say, if you’re not rooting for Richard Parker to get back into the life boat after he jumps out for fish, or hoping he’ll look back at Pi near the end, then you have no soul.
This movie presupposes that you may not believe in God, and if so, you will after you finish watching the movie. The message I took away is that, while God may just be an unbelievable tale of a Bengal Tiger that invokes you to push yourself beyond your own limitations, this is better than the reality of how humans treat themselves when faced with extreme suffering, fear, and survival. Likely, Pi killed the chef after he mauled the Buddhist and his mother, but admitting this would not have helped him survive lost at sea. I’m not trying to condescend here, or presume you didn’t figure this one out for yourself, but rather I’d like to present this “given” in order to explore my next question: “As someone who believes in no religion, or has no faith, would you still survive?”
The power of faith is ultimately the power of one’s own mind. And if that’s the case, then your mind is God. Following this logic, all of our thoughts and imagination are God, therefore if we think and imagine, then we are all are Gods. Hmmm…
I’m giving this movie an 8/10 for amazing special effects, an impressive “I am Legend” performance from newcomer Suraj Sharma, and a scene stealing performance from Richard Parker. That’s a Rapp.