Jack Goes Confidential: ‘LIFE OF PI’: God May Have Abandoned Him—but Was Watching

Oscar winning director Ang Lee is a risk taker when it comes to movie making…

Some of his films including the controversial BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN and CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON have been major successes. Others, like his K.C./Lawrence filmed RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, not so much.

Lee’s latest production is based on Yann Martel’s widely read novel LIFE OF PI which many in the industry said couldn’t be made to work as a movie.

Well, I’m here to tell you that LIFE OF PI not only makes for a mystical and complex motion picture, it WORKS!

This is the extraordinary story of an Indian teen named Pi on a fateful voyage at sea who, after a spectacular disaster, is hurled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery.

The ill fated freighter carried his family and animals of their former zoo. They were moving to Canada when all hell broke lose.

Now marooned on a lifeboat at was Pi, an orangutan, a zebra—and a ferocious Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

“Above all, don’t lose hope.”

Survival at sea with boat mates getting hungrier by the day. And in the end it was just Pi vs. the fearsome tiger who eventually made an amazing and unexpected connection.

“My fear of him keeps me alive.”

LIFE OF PI is a powerful and complex experience. A mystical faith-based adventure of endurance while adrift in the ocean.

It is beautifully filmed and presented in a stunning 3-D process—the best since AVATAR.
The film’s technical artistry could probably not have been achieved until now.

LIFE OF PI is for practically all ages. It’ll grow on you the way it did on me.

I’m praising it with 4 out of 5 gripping fingers.

JACK GOES TO THE MOVIES Friday mornings on KMBZ Fm & Am / Also anytime on Time Warner Cable’s K.C. ON DEMAND, Channel 411 / And throughout Nebraska on NEBRASKA ON DEMAND.

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3 Responses to Jack Goes Confidential: ‘LIFE OF PI’: God May Have Abandoned Him—but Was Watching

  1. chuck says:

    The book was wonderful.

    The trailers for this flick look wonderful as well.

    Ride With The Devil was a great flick, imo.

  2. mark smith says:

    Ride with the Devil was a great movie. Crouching Tiger not so much. imho

    • jack p. says:

      I’m not saying that “Ride With The Devil” was a bad picture but it was one of the biggest flops when it came out back in 1999—and probably the biggest flop in Ang Lee’s career.
      “Ride With The Devil” cost around $35 million to produce. It had a total domestic gross of only $635,000.-
      You do the math.
      One would think that good word of mouth would have propelled the film to do better. But it didn’t. Hence the boxoffice barometer.

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