Life of Pi (USA, 2012)
Directed by Ang Lee
Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Adil Hussain
IMDb Top 250: #181 (10/1/13)
There is a strange and often arrogant presumption that certain books are 'un-filmable'. Whenever a new literary adaptation arrives in cinemas, there is always a clamour that "the book is better", implying that visual media like film and television will always be inferior to the written word. This clamour becomes all the more deafening when dealing with the likes of Cloud Atlas or The Time-Traveller's Wife, works regarded as such pure examples of written storytelling that it seems almost unthinkable to put them on screen.
Alice in Wonderland, The Phantom Menace and The Lovely Bones for needlessly relying on CG effects and not properly integrating them into the physical world of the characters. But because the tone of the film is so dreamy and fantastical, it makes complete sense for so much of Pi's world to be rendered this way. If nothing else, Richard Parker the tiger features some of the best CGI ever seen on film, with believable emotions and physical movements as well as superb attention to detail on the part of the animators.
The Man Who Fell to Earth) or their sheer, memorable weirdness (The Magic Christian). With Life of Pi, the storytelling is adept and well-paced - it's the story itself that is problematic.
For a good perspective on possible implications of the film for Christians, I recommend this article from Nick Olson, Associate Editor of Christ and Popular Culture. For an alternative, more subtly Christian perspective, I recommend JesuOtaku's review of Neon Genesis Evangelion, which includes a detailed, insightful and non-preachy critique of existentialism. Both have philosophical or theological insight which far outstrips my own.