Fiction to Film: Life of Pi

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So I’m sure you realized after seeing my review of Life of Pi, that I would have to do a Fiction to Film feature on it. I mean how could I not? With a story like that I had to watch it. Especially with all of the awards the movie has won, there has to be a reason right?

Well all I can say is I absolutely loved the movie. It is definitely one of the better book to movie adaptations. Yes it’s a movie so they can’t include everything, but I felt that they did include the most important events in the book. Richard Parker was amazing. I love tigers, they’re my favourite animal. So watching a movie where a tiger is one of the main roles is awesome. Obviously there was quite a bit of CGI for this movie, but I thought it was really well done. Very realistic.

I watched this the day after finishing the book, so the book was still very fresh in my mind. I found there were a few minor changes but I didn’t really mind at all. I still felt really bad for Pi and his suffering and I still disliked the ending where you are supposed to pick which story to believe. I mean, they make is sound impossible to tell, but if there was a tiger living on that lifeboat for 227 days, there’s going to be some sign. I know they don’t really talk about the boat, other than the rodent corpses they found in it.  But I guess if they told you, you’d lose the whole point of the story.

In my opinion I’d like to believe the story with the animals because it’s the better of the two and that’s what I’ve invested the most time into learning. I do like in the movie though how you’re introduced to the other people who were supposedly on the boat with Pi. It makes them seem more real in that story when he tells it because you can actually imagine them, unlike the book where you have nothing to base their personalities off of.

The movie is just fantastic and I loved how beautiful it was. Everything was just about perfect. I’m sure I’ll rewatch it again and again.

What about you? Have you read and seen the movie? Do you think the movie fit the book as well as I did?


7 thoughts on “Fiction to Film: Life of Pi

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  2. I haven’t seen this yet, but I did read the book and remember loving it. I might wait until it’s out on Blu-Ray … AND I may reread the book, too. 🙂 It does look like a beautiful movie!

  3. I haven’t read the book OR seen the movie, but it seems as though I should definitely get around to it one of these days. Your comments about the open ending make me a little nervous, though.

  4. I agree! Even though the book wasn’t as fresh in my mind when I saw it, I still felt like it matched what I remembered of the book very well and was very beautiful. (Oh, and did you jump out of your seat when Richard Parker came flying out of the boat that first time?!) I think if I had to choose between which was better, I don’t think I’d be able to. The book surpassed my expectations because I didn’t know what to expect when reading it, and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie as well. They did a good job! (You know, besides that whole ending thing. I think that makes everyone uncomfortable. But yes, the animal side of the story is much more fun!)

    • I did jump. I didn’t watch this one in theaters but was at my computer and it definitely startled me, even knowing he was there! There were a few minor changes in the movie and book, and a few things left out (like the other lifeboat he came across) But it was really well done.

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