On November 21st, Ang Lee is back to make his bid for a bunch of American film awards. It’s totally the right season for it and he’s chosen the right subject, the 2001 Yann Martel novel ‘The Life of Pi.’
I read it the year it came out and was charmed by it’s narrative, even though that narrative ends up not being very uplifting. It tells the story of Piscine Patel, an Indian boy who grows up in a zoo being curious about various religions. When his family decides to sail to Canada, he becomes shipwrecked with a Tiger, Oragutan and Hyena. They float around the ocean for over 220 days.
The book takes some time out in it’s ending passages to question how much of the story is metaphor, but I’m sure we can all discuss that once the film comes out.
http://www.lifeofpimovie.com/ has launched and with it five stunning site wallpapers that show off the surreal visuals of the film. Ang Lee could pull this off…or he could ‘Hulk’ it again.
I’m getting a ‘Lovely Bones’ vibe off this project and it scares me. I’d like it to be good, because I think Ang Lee is capable of being very good when he’s able to keep everything under control.
BUT -like the imagery of ‘The Lovely Bones’ somehow distracted Peter Jackson from making a good movie, so ‘The Life of Pi’ causes me concern.
But – damn – it it ain’t pretty already.
For full size versions, click over to the official site.