Life of Pi

Life of Pi

DVD - 2013
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Based on the bestselling novel by Yann Martel. A young Pi Patel, overcoming a cataclysmic shipwreck, finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with the only survivor, a ferocious Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
Publisher: [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2013]
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA Lif
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (123 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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vcaron
Jul 19, 2017

Very well done cinematography. They put a lot of effort into this movie. Pi is a philosopher of religions. The movie ends with a big question mark which leaves you thinking. I was disappointed by the movie.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 06, 2016

This was one of the best movies I have ever seen. It made my cry, but I loved it so much. This film is not your typical one. The storyline was extraordinary, and it was excellently made. There was not a single moment when I was confused, or did not understand what was going on. It is an easy movie to follow, and is quite an enjoyable one. Overall, I would definitely recommend this film. I would rate this film 5/5.
- @potterhead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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c_flame_b
Oct 26, 2016

Holy F***... I cried. It's amazing.

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Marvo301
Jul 16, 2016

A visually stunning story of two journeys. One physical and one spiritual. It is the story of Pi, the sole survivor of a shipwreck and his journey across the sea in a lifeboat accompanied by a Tiger named Richard Parker. Is is also the story of Pi's search for faith and meaning through all he experiences.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

Of the many book-to-film adaptations I've seen, this is one of the most precisely rendered ones. Very little is added. I'm not sure how I feel about that. Of course I hate when a good book is torn apart and reassembled into something that looks nothing like the original. And I like movies that take a book, add a little necessary creative license and come up with something unique in its own way. But what of the movie that IS the book? What's the point exactly?

Despite my uncertainty, Life of Pi is a marvelous, visual adventure. I couldn't have imagined the book could be translated into film as seamlessly and effortlessly as Lee and team make it look. This is a beautiful film to watch. The acting is all good, the story is good, yada yada, but the real story here is the beauty of this film. It's breathtaking.

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IloveBeni
Jun 02, 2016

Like many, I think, I hesitated to read this book for many years. A friend recommended it as "wonderful," but I kept thinking, "How can a book about a boy on a boat with a tiger be that thrilling." Then I read it.

This story isn't a defence for God or a quest to reach a goal. Rather it is a quest for meaning - a journey. This is a storyteller's journal looking back on his experiences as a boy and how his curious mind questioned and sought truth. Along the way, he finds courage and survives something utterly tragic for an unimaginable amount of time (with a bit of gruesome activity on a small boat). It is clear that "story" in itself - a living, dynamic story - is vital as Pi searches for reason in an absolutely unreasonable situation, and as he said, he discovered within himself along the way, an indomitable spirit and faith that gave him hope.

Why do bad things happen to us? There is no answer in this book, but rather a word picture of how fortitude can take the chaos life can deal us, and help us survive.

The reviews here that critique the book for trying to be an apologetic for the existence of God miss the boat. Pi's family and the 3 religious leaders were right in that you can't believe in Islam, Hinduism, AND Christianity. There are too many aspects of each that are mutually exclusive and will negate the tenets of the other(s). So it is my conclusion that this story is about a quest for faith and the journey that led to faith, hope, and life, and that the end of the story is not the important part, but it is in the journey of Pi's life where the meat of the story lies.

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Tinkerdanielle
Apr 21, 2016

definetly not my favourite movie. I thought it was okay, but not my favourite.

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sldphotonut
Jan 21, 2016

Wonderfully different storyline! The acting was also good. I can't wait to check it out again.

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LittleNoName
Sep 28, 2015

Not at all how I thought it would be, was wonderfuly suprised. Hard to believe the majority takes place on a small life raft with Pi & a Tiger yet keeps you watching. Very well done. Love the CGI. Beautiful story (fantasy?).

mcmurray777 Jun 18, 2015

Fantastic movie. 5 stars. Hard to believe when watching that everything except Pi, the boat, some of the water scenes and a few animal shots were CGI.

I thought it was hilarious when, as a boy, Pi converted to every religion he met, all at the same time. However, using the story to establish the existence of (a) god was ridiculous as the opposite happens. Why would any god need to destroy a boy's entire family, a zoo, sink a ship and kill all onboard just to "prove" existence? And, at the end of the movie after the entire story is told, remember: the tiger ate the rat.

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silver_back
Jan 09, 2015

For all believers:
"GOD the compassionate, the merciful"! (Said BY PI)

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jimg2000
Jul 11, 2013

From book on God & hope (2 of 2):
At such moments I tried to elevate myself. I would touch the turban I had made with the remnants of my shirt and I would say aloud, “This is God’s hat!”

I would pat my pants and say aloud, “This is God’s attire!” I would point to Richard Parker and say aloud, “This is God’s cat!”

I would point to the lifeboat and say aloud, “This is God’s ark!”

I would spread my hands wide and say aloud, “These are God’s wide acres!”

I would point at the sky and say aloud, “This is God’s ear!”

And in this way I would remind myself of creation and of my place in it.

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jimg2000
Jul 11, 2013

From book on God & hope (1 of 2):
I practised religious rituals that I adapted to the circumstances—solitary Masses without priests or consecrated Communion hosts, darshans without murtis, and pujas with turtle meat for prasad, acts of devotion to Allah not knowing where Mecca was and getting my Arabic wrong. They brought me comfort, that is certain. But it was hard, oh, it was hard. Faith in God is an opening up, a letting go, a deep trust, a free act of love—but sometimes it was so hard to love. Sometimes my heart was sinking so fast with anger, desolation and weariness, I was afraid it would sink to the very bottom of the Pacific and I would not be able to lift it back up.

aaa5756 Apr 28, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

aaa5756 Apr 28, 2013

“Computers are useless. They only give answers.” -Pablo Picasso

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britprincess1
Mar 16, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Animals act as animals do. Tigers that can kill may kill. Hyenas that can attack may attack. Survival of the fittest does occur to some extent. Other events at sea can be considered violent and frightening.

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britprincess1
Mar 16, 2013

Violence: Animals act as animals do. Tigers that can kill may kill. Hyenas that can attack may attack. Survival of the fittest does occur to some extent. Other events at sea can be considered violent and frightening.

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sbaguyos
Jun 13, 2014

A young boy who is always teased about his name discovers he can earn respect by showing his knowledge of mathematics. Specifically, the distance half way around the edge of the circle will be 3.14159265... a number known as Pi. As a young man his family decides to move out of India for a better life in Canada. They take their zoo animals with them to sell in the United States. This ocean trip will forever change Pi's life as he copes with the loss of his family and struggles for his own life with a tiger aboard a rescue boat.

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