Pretty, Vacant

Life of Pi Is a Dumb and Gorgeous Thing

Pretty, Vacant

LIFE OF PI Interspecies adventure!

We've all been there: You're at a party. You see one of the most beautiful people in the world. You muster up courage. You strike up a conversation. And then you discover that this wildly sexy, incredibly gorgeous human is the most vapid, boring person you've ever talked to.

Life of Pi is just like that pretty, vacant lust object: The film opens and closes with some of the most inane chatter about spirituality you'll ever have the misfortune of hearing in a movie. There's a "twist" that attempts to imbue the film with more nuance and meaning than it can legally bear. It's wildly self-satisfied. None of that should be a surprise to fans of the book this film was closely adapted from: Yann Martel's novel is famous for packing in its own misguided attempt at literary criticism in its closing pages.

But oh my God is it beautiful. Ang Lee makes the central chunk of the film—about a boy stuck on a lifeboat with a tiger—into one of the prettiest things you've ever seen on a movie screen. (Splurge on the 3-D. You won't regret it.) The incredible nature imagery is just about worth all the suffering you have to sit through before and after, and as soon as pot is legalized on December 6, you should run to the movies and soak this motherfucker in, unencumbered by rational thought. recommended

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sirkowski 3
Blame Martel. He's a pretty vapid writer.
Posted by sirkowski on November 22, 2012 at 10:36 PM · Report this
It's like "The 5 people you meet in heaven"; horrible book with an interesting concept that just made me pissed after reading it that so much potential was wasted.
Am I glad I at least read it? No, not really, but the hype behind it and my curiosity would eventually have lead me to read it anyways.
Posted by Drew2u on November 22, 2012 at 9:10 PM · Report this
tharp42 1
I FUCKING HATE the book. It was especially popular among the expat set a few years back, with every wide-eyed Canadian I met proclaiming: "Have you read 'Life of Pi'? It's amaaaaaaaaazing!"

So I read it and thought it was the most overblown piece of precious pretentiousness I've ever laid my unfortunate eyes on.

If the film is anything like the book, I'll gladly pass, as purty as it may be.
Posted by tharp42 on November 22, 2012 at 12:56 AM · Report this

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