Chris and Dylan reconvene for the first normal podcast of 2016 and talk about Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Sean Harris. They then talk Golden Globe winners, Oscar nominees and what’s coming out on Blu-ray this week. Dylan discusses how his first viewing of Brokeback Mountain went, and Chris talks about Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups. Next week, we will be taking a look at Dirty Grandpa.
Title: Life of Pi Genre(s): Adventure, Drama Director(s): Ang Lee Release Year: 2012 IMDB: 8.4/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Movies that try to convey religious material, are more often than not duds for me, because they rely on the belief of that religion. It’s hard to change someone’s mind on their faith through religious material, and that’s why it should be more of a focus to simply tell a story of faith rather than convince someone of that faith. In Life ofPi, Ang Lee lets the viewer realize their own faith through one of the most viscerally pleasing films of the past decade, delivering something that will amaze visually and then make you think back on what you saw, afterwards. There are very few films that are able to do what Lee has done here because even if the audience is completely atheist, there’s something to get out of this film about the search for God. Anchored by an amazing performance from Suraj Sharma as Pi, the film relays an incredible story about finding one’s self in the darkest moments while astounding with the best 3D visuals ever seen on screen.
Pi (or Piscine Molitar, the name given to him by his father deriving from a swimming pool a family friend loved) is at odds with himself as he tries to grow up and find his path in life. Where he finds this path is through divine intervention as he’s propelled into the worst situation imaginable: being trapped on a boat in the middle of the ocean with a tiger. This story is narrated through the point of view of Pi many years after his harrowing journey, as a writer (Rafe Spall) listens to Pi’s description of the events that occurred with the hopes of turning it into a novel. These moments feel alright, but the real reason most will be going to see Life of Pi is to watch this “unfilmable” novel be turned into the awe-inspiring film that it is. Yes, the introduction of the writer character creates a worrisome environment to base the film’s foundations on, and then throwing religion into the mix would typically turn off many more, but the movie handles religion in a way that is not forceful or frustrating. It merely gives the option to believe, and tells the story of how Pi found faith in the most hopeless of situations.