(★★★★½)

SINDI PINARI

The acclaimed novel Life of Pi hit theatres with a bang on November 21, 2012 as an adventure drama film. Soon, the film gained attention for its wonderfully executed computer animations, and was able to earn almost $600 million worldwide. The film stars Suraj Sharma as Pi Patel, a 16 year old boy who gets shipwrecked on the way to Canada and remains stranded on a boat with a Bengal tiger.

This was Sharma’s first acting role and it was a wonderful refresher in the movie. There were no past roles to compare him to or to distract us from his performance. “Once I played in a tree, so I never thought I would be a good actor,” smiles Sharma with modesty. No one would call this beginner’s luck, as Sharma was as true and raw as anyone could ever be.

The film was quick to sweep up the awards at this year’s Oscars, including Best Original Score, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects. It is true that the most wonderful aspect of the movie were the visual effects. The beautiful colours that surround the film throughout are some of the best to ever hit theatres. We see the exotic palette of India and the soothing serenity of the Pacific Ocean. The film is able to transform us to another dimension entirely, with its own colours, sounds and spirituality.

The message Pi reads in his boat is “above all: don’t lose hope,” which illustrates for the audience that anything is possible. Watching the movie feels like washing your face on a Sunday morning with cool water. The relationships between human and animal, human and God, as well as human and human are carved perfectly in Life of Pi. Above all other morals, the film shows us that there is a soul in all living things.