Life of Pi (2012)

A slice of life

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor ... a fearsome Bengal tiger.

'A boy is stranded at sea with a tiger'.

While it may sound like the start of a joke, it's really the basic synopsis of Ang Lee's latest film, which is a marvel to behold. It may seem like a left-field choice for the lead role to go to a newcomer making his debut, considering that a large portion of the film rests on his performance, but Suraj Sharma more than delivers in this, pulling out a brilliant performance. In fact, all the actors who portray Pi at his various ages do a great job, especially Irrfan Khan, who does an astounding job to truly sell that he's a man recanting an amazing experience that he went through a long time ago.

It's a visually stunning film, with some of 2012's best cinematography on display and some astounding CG work used on Richard Parker, the Tiger, making it look so magnificently real. Ang Lee has crafted a highly engrossing film that's a beautiful sight to see and his brilliant direction manages to handle the themes of religion quite well alongside CG work, brilliant performances, touching scenes of emotion and some moments of humor. This is just further proof that no film can truly be unfilmable, so long as they have the right director on hand.