Sunday, March 31, 2013
JohnnyTwoToes embraces the spiritual side in this deserving Oscar winner
I realize that not everybody celebrates Easter, but in honor of the Easter holiday and what it means to Christians like myself I am going to celebrate a film that represents the very best of humanity and what better than the 3D live-action, special effects adventure drama - Life Of Pi.
Ang Lee's Life Of Pi is a sumptuous film that tells the story of an Indian boy named Pi (his name is actually longer - Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel acted superbly by newcomer Suraj Sharma) whose family after losing their lease for the land on which the zoo is (in Pondicherry, India) must sell all of the animals and start over. Their father owns the animals but the property is owned by the Indian government. He receives an offer to sell all of the animals in Canada, so he loads up his family on a boat and off they go to Canada.
When the ship hits a storm and sinks the only survivors are Pi and a few animals most notably the very Bengal Tiger that his father had warned him about. "That tiger is not your friend. He is a wild animal and you two will never be friends, as he will kill you to survive." To prove his point the father brings in a goat and forces his entire family watch what the tiger does to the goat. From that point on Pi avoids the tiger, as you can imagine.
The ship, as I said sinks and after it is all said and done who do you think is on the one and only life raft in the middle of the ocean? Yep, you guessed it. Now how do you survive on a raft with a tiger when there is no where to run or hide?
Life Of Pi is visually stunning and Ang Lee has every shot beautifully framed. The colors jump off the screen and bring the film alive but Life Of Pi has another thing going for it; an intelligent script by Dave Magee based on the novel by Yann Martel. It is a script about forgiveness and spiritual awakenings. Pi starts out as a Hindu, then dabbles in Islam, until he becomes a Christian almost purely by accident. He is not a perfect person but he is smart, questions things and learn from his mistakes but above all he holds no animosity towards anyone even a Bengal Tiger. After all, the tiger is only doing what it is programmed to do.
Life Of Pi seems to be a more personal film for Ang Lee as is to speak of a spiritual journey for himself, as well. Of this I know not, as I can only speculate. It just seems that way as I watched. This has the most positive approach to Christianity (or any religion) that I can remember in a film in a long time. In Hollywood to day most Christians are represented as the most vile people on earth; child molesters, rapists, murderers, you name it. The Christian seems to be the culprit in the most reprehensible ways.
In Life Of Pi, he is different. There is a scene when Pi finally stands up and calls on God, "What do you want of me? I am here and I am ready to be your vessel." I was blindsided. It is rare Christians are represented in such a heartfelt way. I have a hat tip to Ang Lee and the makers of Life Of Pi. This is a great film for all reasons. It is funny, moving, poignant and above all compassionate besides the acting is top notch, the music by Mychael Danna is astounding so is the magnificent almost true life like Richard Parker, the tiger. I went into Life Of Pi kind of dubious and came out awestruck. This is one of the years best films. Life Of Pi-**** out of 4
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