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Tuesday 25, Jul, 2017 | DHAKA Time: 06:37 AM
 
Movie Review



Based on the award-winning and widely-lauded 2001 novel of the same name by Yann Martel, it chronicles the lifechanging maritime adventure of a young Indian boy humorously named Piscine or \\\"Pi\\\" for short, who after a surviving the sinking of a ship, ends up on a lifeboat, with a hyena, an orang-utan, a zebra and of course, a large Bengal tiger called Richard Parker. Consequently, the book came to considered inflammable, yet the world of cinema\\\'s interest in Martel\\\'s wonderful novel remained undying and after much development the proposed adaptation eventually landed at the feet of the excellent Ang Lee. Any worry has turned out to be unnecessary though as the Taiwanese filmmaker has delivered a beautiful and moving film that is easily one of his finest works yet. There\\\'s no denying that \\\'Life of Pi\\\' is filled with visual beauty, as in teaming up with DoP Claudio Miranda, Lee has utilised the film\\\'s ocean setting like an impressionistic artist to a blank canvas. Even though it is a scene that has done the rounds in the film\\\'s trailers, the night- set scene where the whale leaps out of the water is a thing of breathtaking majesty. Similarly, there are numerous moments that are nothing short of gorgeous in a way that could see even Terrence Malick become envious. Adding to this, the use of CGI is one of the most remarkable in recent years, exemplified with the meticulous detail put into Richard Parker, which renders him a significant achievement in CGI, as it becomes rather difficult to tell when the tiger is real or not. Yet, it\\\'s worth noting that this is a film that resonates on an emotional level as well as a technical. From the moment proceedings kicked off, I was engrossed in Pi\\\'s story, with its smooth fluidity, whether I was looking at Irrfan Khan or Suraj Sharma. The latter, a first time actor, delivers a great and at times subtle performance as the titular character, consistently helping me to engage with Pi and ultimately, like him. Even as he was simply sitting upon a raft in silence, I still couldn\\\'t help but find myself enthralled in the journey he had (unwillingly) embarked on. The movie was nominated for 11 category in 85th Academy Award and winner of 4; Best Director, Best Music, Best Cinematography & Best Visual Effects.
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