Doubt is useful, it keeps faith a living thing. After all, you cannot know the strength of your faith until it is tested.
For the religious, it is a journey of spiritual awakening and enlightenment. For others, it is a survival story. For me, these two aspects are inextricable from each other.
The film is visually magnificent in every aspect (beautiful isn’t enough to describe it). Every element in the scenes in the middle of the ocean is vivid in color and movement I was silently oooh-ing and aaah-ing. Having a ferocious tiger for a companion certainly beats talking to a volleyball named Wilson! It’s worth watching in 3D and proof of that is my body involuntarily ducking when the flying fish started heading towards the screen. Wahahahaha. On a more serious note, I got convinced that I will meet God at the end of the story. Don’t all survival stories have those mystical, external elements that push you to the edge but help you endure and call out to a higher being for a miracle? He was the terrible storm, He was deep in the eyes of Richard Parker, He was hope in the midst of the tragedy, He was gratitude in Pi’s heart. For me, He was omnipresent in Pi’s journey to safety and spiritual affirmations. It is a simple explanation, even mantra for the complicated situations the protagonist was in.
Props to Ang Lee and to everyone who made this astounding film. I’ve yet to read the novel, and I’ve been warned that the scenes on the sea were too long. Speaking of which, viewers should be warned that watching in 3D might induce dizziness and seasickness. The shots were THAT good.