Life of Pi is based on the fantasy novel by Yann Martel. The movie retrospectively tells the story of Pi (short for Piscine Molitor) Patel and his journey to Canada.
We first meet Pi as an adult living in Canada. He is recalling his childhood living in Pondicherry, India, where his father owns a zoo. It is through a series of flashbacks that we learn of who Pi is, how he got his name and how he got to be in Canada.
As a child Pi is curious and interested in many aspects of life. He follows multiple religions and is not scared to question anything.
Whilst the book is described as fantasy, the viewers of the film are led to believe that Pi’s account of events is true. This is up until the twist towards the end when the viewer can choose to believe the version of the story with animals, or the story which sounds more likely.
As a film, the 3D worked very well and the viewer is drawn into a world of bright colours, vivid imagery and the struggle that Pi faces on his journey.
This movie has changed my views on 3D cinema, I look forward to the development of 3D movies.