“The journey of a lifetime.”
— Life of Pi
At its heart, this film is about imagination and our ability to explain the unexplained. In the movie, we are faced with a story, so wild and so beyond imagination that we wonder if the story is true.
Consequently, we automatically question the validity of the story and learn of another story which is more realistic and more down to earth. But, at the end of the day it’s left up to us to decide which story we believe.
What I find interesting is that the story is told by the point of view of the main character, Pi Patel (played by Irrfan Khan), as an adult looking back through the eyes of a child when the story took place. I think this is really important to note because it seems like it’s making a statement about the way we view things as children versus when we become adults.
Somehow along the path from childhood to adulthood our imagination gets lost along the way. Many times adults can no longer see beyond what is right in front of their eyes — we can no longer see the unseen. In a sense, we lose our imagination in an attempt to become more practical and realistic.
On the surface, the film is about the adventures we have that stem from our childhood. As children, we live life everyday to its fullest through new experiences and new ideas.
When we grow up and become adults, we lose our sense of adventure and ability to imagine. In turn, as adults many live a life of status quo and practicality.
At its heart, I think this movie seeks to inspire the kid in us all — there is still hope for us to dream and live the kind of lives we imagined for ourselves as children. Life itself is an adventure and should be lived to its fullest. By living each day as it were our last, we find joy fulfilling our hopes and dreams.
Overall, I enjoyed the film. It had great visual effects and I especially liked seeing the variety of animals used which is always entertaining. Plus, it had a very strong and meaningful message that really makes you think which is always a plus in my book.
If you’re in the mood for an adventure type of movie, you might just want to check this one out.
Happy movie watching!