Friday, November 30, 2012

Life of Pi

It's been quite some time I didn't watch movie alone, and for this particular movie - Life of Pi, I wanted to watch alone. I wanted to truly feel the magical feelings which Ang Lee brought to me through this movie without any disturbance from anyone. Don't even wanna miss a blink of a scene.

I bought the ticket one day earlier, I just can't wait to watch the movie, but first thing of all - I have to finish the book! I knew the existence of Life of Pi book ever since I saw Cheesie tweet about it, I've been thinking of buying that book but it just didn't happen. Let's say I'm more of an online reader than a physical book reader. I can read blogs, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Weibo for hours and hours but it's been so long since I touch a novel I'm not sure whether I have the determination of finishing one. But my determination of finishing the Life of Pi book before I watch the movie actually gave me a great achievement kind of feeling that I think I'm in love in reading again. (I'm in the search of next book to read, any recommendations?)

Life of Pi, many had read the book, and now it became a movie directed by famous director Ang Lee, a fear to the lovers of the book will be: Will the adaptation become lousy that it has nothing resembles to the spirit of the book? To me, I think Ang Lee and his team did a great job. There are details missing here and there, well, you can't possibly just fit the whole 300 over pages of story into a 2 hours movie don't you? Even James Cameron or Christopher Nolan can't do it, it's impossible to have every single detail followed closely to the book, but Ang Lee bring the audience to witness the beauty of the story from another angle - The VFX technology and effects that are so astounding that I wanted to visit Pondicherry, I wanted to become Pi Patel that sails across the Pacific ocean with a Bengal tiger on a lifeboat, I wanted to witness the city of sea at night, the whale, the starry nights and the carnivorous island. When the story ends, I wanted it to believe that it is a TRUE and REAL story rather than just Yann Martel making it up.

Too bad, it is still fiction. It is not a 'based on a true story' movie, but Yann Martel and Ang Lee made it. It made audiences questioned: Is it possible for a young boy to sail across the Pacific ocean for 227 days without being eaten alive and survived? Is it possible? Can it be true? Honestly, after I read the book, I have this surreal feeling that Pi Patel is someone that exists in this world, and with the visuals of the movie, the feeling became stronger and stronger. I think I'm being carried away, far far away from this story. lol.

Anyway, I didn't regret watching it alone and in 3D, the graphics were awesome it feels like I'm at the ocean with Pi and Richard Parker, the tiger. The background music that matches the visual so much it literally brings my senses to another universe that I am unable to describe them with words. I do hope you will embark on this journey of watching Life of Pi and discover a whole new world by yourself. There's more, my friend Danielle Ang and the whole Malaysian team from Rhythm and Hues Studio worked as BG prep artist for this movie, feels so proud that Malaysian can too be in team with director like Ang Lee and produced something as amazing as this.

This movie may not be something huge, like a summer blockbuster movie, but just because it isn't, it has the ability to come nearer to our soul, speak nearer to our ears and get closer to our heart to let us feel the movie. Life of Pi is a story that make you believe in what you believe in, and I conclude my this blog post with a few quotes from the book that I like:

"Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can."

’ Life is a peephole, a single tiny entry onto a vastness.’

“The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?
Doesn't that make life a story?”

Last but not least, my favourite quote from the book:

“If you stumble about believability, what are you living for? 
Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. 
Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. 
God is hard to believe, ask any believer. 
What is your problem with hard to believe?”

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