Life of Pi: An Experience (not a review).
This 2013, I thought of having a writing project. It is a list of 13 of anything from my experiences that I think might be interesting or helpful or that I would just like to make a simple list of.
I would like to start the project with my Life of Pi experience.
I watched the movie last week, and it made me restore my faith. my faith in watching movies in the theater. (I lost my interest since Harry Potter ended.) The big and hit Hollywood movies last year were mostly action hero movies and boasted amazing special effects. They were
amazing I bet, but I’ve always wanted to watch a movie that would make me think and not just make me sit there and be amazed of the effects. With Life of Pi, i got those two things: it made me amazed and it made me think. or rather, three things. it also made me feel, affecting me more days after seeing it. and yes, it also “ump up” my faith in faith itself. And these are the 13 things that made that possible.
13. i watched it in a theater new to me and locating the place was a challenge.
12. i watched it alone. no popcorn or any snacks. just water (which was ridiculously expensive).
11. i did not read the book prior to watching it even if i was itching to. (a day after, i have gone to two bookstores where copies were sold out and still have to wait for some days for new copies. resorted to torrents online, i know it’s bad but i was desperate, but no copies, too. or i was just not that skilled in finding one.)
10. my love for the indian culture.
9. my love for the sea.
8. the Titanic feel.
7. it is multicultural- filmed by a Chinese director, written by a French-Canadian author, and given an indian setting.
6. the flying fish (i prayed that no one saw me when i instinctively covered myself when the fish suddenly appeared out of nowhere. ah… 3D!) and the entire special effects. ‘wow’ is an understatement.
5. the cute little meerkats.
4. the occasional humor and the touching lines.
3. that it was actually a love story: Pi and the Bengal tiger Richard Parker.
2. the soul-wrenching lessons about faith, survival, hanging on, and letting go (i was holding my tears, but failed, for almost all scenes and dialogues).
1. and the thing that left me wondering the most after seeing it: bananas don’t float?
i read a few reviews after i saw the film. most criticized how it didn’t give what it had been boasting before its showing. some reviewers were disappointed. on the contrary, most personal blogs that i also read considered the movie great. the old lady behind my seat in the theater when the movie ended exclaimed “deep” to her companion. i smiled hearing it thinking if it was an intentional pun or metaphor, or whether it was a sigh of satisfaction or of disappointment. i was tempted to give a corny reply: “yes, it is. because it has the ocean in it.” for me though, even stripped of its effects, it is amazingly beautiful. and i would love to experience it again.