Boasting awesome CGI effects and full of beguiling images, director Ang Lee’s film of Yann Martel’s bestseller about shipwrecked boy Pi (Suraj Sharma) is a wondrous experience.
We really do believe that survivor Pi and the tiger are together in that boat – thanks to astonishing CGI wizardry and the remarkably convincing manner with which newcomer Sharma reacts with the fearsome beast. And this is far from the movie’s only marvel.
Everywhere you look there are images of beguiling beauty: a mirror-like sea reflecting golden clouds; a sudden swarm of flying fish; an island bristling with meerkats and a breaching whale glowing with bioluminescence as it leaps out of the water.
Deservedly, the film picked up Oscars for cinematography and visual effects in addition to its Academy Awards for Lee’s direction and Mychael Danna’s score.