My Thoughts On… Life of Pi

I’m so rubbish at keeping up with this film reviewing malarkey. I have considered giving up, but I don’t really want to, so I’m going to try and catch up. And then I have to pull my finger out, because I haven’t watched enough new films!


A sixteen-year-old Indian boy named Pi survives a shipwreck and is stranded on a raft in the Indian Ocean with a tiger named Richard Parker.

What I Liked

  • Despite the very modern special effects, it felt like an old fashioned tale, and I liked that.
  • Irfan Khan, who plays the adult Pi, has an extremely likeable face. I really enjoyed looking at it whenever he was on screen.
  • Suraj Sharma plays the young Pi, the one the we see the most of during the film, and he really has to carry the film. He does so admirably.
  • The CGI is done really well, to the point where you can’t always tell which Richard Parker is real, and which isn’t (except when logic tells you that they wouldn’t have had a real tiger in such close proximity to an actor).
  • I enjoyed the discussion of religion, with the teenaged Pi adopting three religions when he becomes convinced of the merits of all them.
  • Rafe Spall is a delight.

What I Didn’t Like

  • I was initially reluctant about seeing this film, because when I saw the trailer, there was a massive great big whale in it. A gigantic whale. I closed my eyes during that part.
  • As I’ve discussed on this blog before, I don’t really like any under-the-sea creatures, so the fact that the vast majority of the film is set at sea held problems for me. There’s a scene with a lot of fish that I didn’t enjoy.
  • There were points at which I was just sort of hoping for Pi to be rescued. Once they were at shipwrecked and adrift on the raft, we were just sort of stuck there, and it did get a bit tiresome.
  • There’s a part when Pi, loses the book he has been using to record his adventure. I found it kind of heartbreaking.
  • I don’t really know how to feel about the ending. Mostly, I appreciated the way that the viewer (or reader, if you have read the book) is invited to make their own mind up about the truth of the story. But a tiny part of me felt a little cheated by the ending.

2 thoughts on “My Thoughts On… Life of Pi

  1. I agree with your opinion of the ending. I felt that the book made it more obvious that society twisted his story to make it fit with their ability believe it but I never doubted Pi’s story, whereas the film just made it look like he had lied…they certainly could have handled it better to make it more ambiguous in my opinion.

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