The weekend is almost upon us, and if you didn't get a chance (like me) between all the crazy holiday shopping and turkey eating to get to the cinemas, make sure you do it this weekend! Because a visually stunning and thought provoking film awaits you there. If you haven't seen it yet, do yourselves a favor and get out there and see Life of Pi (or Lincoln if you missed that one too....but we already discussed that.) The film is first and foremost a visual feast, but beyond that it's quite fascinating to think upon as well....and the acting is solid. This film is definitely gonna be a contender in the Oscar race in a variety of categories.
I'm very much a visual person, so when films dazzle with cinematography I'm almost immediately hooked (but as the case with The Fountain it can't be ALL style over substance. And it needs a good script...something lacking in Avatar).... I hear that Anna Karenina is also quite stylish as well, so it'll be quite the battle to see who wins the Best Cinematography award this year. But anyway, seeing this film in all its glory-- in theaters is an absolute must. And rarely I say this, but seeing it in 3D was absolutely incredible and really added to the experience. The only other time I've insisted upon this would be with Hugo, as both films really took advantage of the potential of the medium.
I found myself in awe several times during the film with the use of 3-D… Particularly with the underwater scenes. They just looked incredible because you could really see the physical depth of it all. Also awe-inducing were the night scenes on the water--the way everything lit up completely blew me away. Honestly I would go as far as to say that this is one of the top 10 most visually beautiful films that has ever been made… I guess once Christmas is over I'll have to make a list about that too!
Looks, however are not the only thing this film has going for it. The story is absolutely fascinating yet incredibly tense. It's like Signs meets Castaway. You will certainly be thinking about it for days after you have seen it. The film is definitely up to interpretation, so I feel that how you choose to interpret it says a lot about you. I certainly have my own interpretations...but I only want to share them with people who have seen the film...and I'm not gonna even spoiler tag them. Just go see it, then we'll talk. And you'll be glad you did.