According to the movie count from “the-numbers.com” website, 4010 movies were released in the past 4 years between 2008 and 2011. In the same period of time – 4 YEARS – director Ang Lee was busy meticulously adapting the winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, Life of Pi, into a work that would captivate on the big screen just as it did on pages. Written by Yann Martel, the book was originally thought to be impossible to film due to the technical difficulties in filming the story but Ang Lee decided to push ahead and use 3D to tackle that element.
Zooming in to the present, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi premiered on Friday at the 50th New York Film Festival (NYFF); and so far it has attracted a pour in of reviews across the world wide web. Views on Life of Pi have been mixed but generally, the praises on the visual aspect of the film have been especially enthusiastic. The cinematography and 3D features of the film have been described as visual stunners while the CGI effects are deemed seamless, a serene beauty (Reuters) and pixels animated with empathy (Tom Shone – The Guardian). According to Christopher Rossen of The Huffington Post “The 3D in particular is the best perhaps since Avatar“. Going by these comments, I will definitely be catching this film in 3D even though I am not a fan of the glasses; I have a feeling that I will be missing a huge part of the experience otherwise.
(Pi is played by newcomer Suraj Sharma)
At the NYFF, Ang Lee states that he will be making some final revisions to the movie before its November 21st release. Here is a link to the article of The Huffington Post review, at the end of the article is a slideshow of snapshots of twitter comments by those who were privileged enough to catch the premiere (where was MY invitation!!?!), do check it out!
[Pic source: Life of Pi Facebook Page]