The Life of Pi review

logline- irony plot character setting problem
first para- about the creator and director

second para- own opinion style and first thoughts
third para and fourth para- details of why is good and bad review of budget
verdict- why was good what could have done better conclusion
rating- *’s


While on a journey to a new future in Canada Piscine Patel (Pi), is thrown into the ocean by a terrific Storm -an only survivor-  accompanied only by the animals from his zoo. A test of his own faith is presented as he is faced to drift endlessly on a small lifeboat ,with a vicious tiger to survive their journey to land.


The Novel of Yann Martin was supposedly a book that would be unrealistic to film, a book where the restraints of the real world would barge in. Yet Director Ang Lee has taken this into consideration- challenged the idea and made this into a major film production. It has taken a long while to develop: right back from 2003 up until the moment they started the filming and complicated animating process. This film is  a major accomplishment for the advance of technology in film, making the ‘unfilmable’ film able.

The story starts in Canada where a man is telling his extraordinary tale of survival. ‘Pi’ Patel and his family have set out for a new future in Canada- from Pondicherry, India and encounter a disastrous storm that sinks their ship. As a result of their previous business of owning a zoo, the boat is packed with different kinds of animals; some of which wound their way up onto the boat that Pi Patel tried to survive on. The rest of the story tells his relationship with a Bengal tiger, God and how he manages to get back to Canada.

The film itself is picturesque and stunning in terms of filming. The deep religious ideas put into the film from the original book make this quiet film have more meaning that just a survival story. The centre around belief in the story makes for an emotional and touching end result; yet instead of pointing you in a particular direction this film opens up one single path for religion and does not push for one. This makes what could be told as a usual religious story promoting a certain religion false.

The overall looks and acting in the film is unbelievable with the production of the tiger a major step forward for the technology that leaves the watcher thinking ‘How on earth did they achieve that?’ The budget has all developed all the amazing scenes so that there is not one scene that is made up of a few money shots. The whole performance is outstanding.


The production of this master composition of film making and animating makes this a stunning and beautiful film.

☆☆☆☆☆ 5/5

4 Responses to “The Life of Pi review”

  • Lethaniel Says:

    Barnaby, I liked how you used a spefific review strature like the empire review for the lego movie and I how you have talked about many aspects, This would be even better if the verdict had more.

    • barnabymh Says:

      Review of Lethaniel’s review of my review of ‘The life of Pi’:
      -please check the grammar
      -and if the verdict had more what?

  • grubby Says:

    This is a great review on the story. Maybe you told a touch too much about the whole film but on the other hand, I would rate this review an 5/5 as it states what the characters go through. Well done.

  • jnorth Says:

    Hello Barnaby,

    I think your review reads very well. I agree with Lethaniel, your structure is very cohesive and your vocabulary has been carefully selected to suit your tone. Nice work.

    I think Lethaniel might have been looking for further development of your own opinion in the final verdict.

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