Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Life of Pi

Life of Pi might fairly be described as a fantastic tale told over tea, so I'm linking this post to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's Tea Tuesday link gathering. The story begins with a writer visiting the adult Pi to hear his story. The story is told gradually during tea and long walks and a meal. Here they are visiting together:

and here's Pi pouring the tea:

Life of Pi is a film based on Yann Martel's book by the same name. I loved the book, and this film brings it to the screen exactly as I'd pictured it in my mind as I read.


The Guardian says, "The versatile Ang Lee brings Yann Martel's tale of shipwreck and spirituality to the big screen in magnificent fashion". Empire Online closes with this: "Verdict: To produce a coherent film from Martel’s tricky novel would be achievement enough, but Ang Lee has extracted something beautiful, wise and, at times, miraculous." Rolling Stone says, "You don't just watch this movie, you live it."

Entertainment Weekly closes by saying,
Martel’s bigger theme is about the narratives we all tell to keep ourselves afloat — whoppers and prayers, diversions and dreams. Lee’s bigger theme isn’t God or survival, but the awesome adventure of making the imaginary visible, the adventure of making movies.
Roger Ebert concludes, "I have decided it is one of the best films of the year." Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 87%.


  1. This is easily one of my all-time favourite books, and I was a little disappointed by the movie - I would have liked it had I not been so fond of the book. I'm glad you quoted Entertainment Weekly, I don't suppose I love cinema enough to excuse the exclusion of so many of the book's spiritual aspects. It must have been terrifically hard to adapt the book, I admit.

    1. I'm sure that, having read the book, I read the spiritual aspects into the movie. I was just so impressed by the visual interpretation. I would've said the book would've been impossible to film, so I was happy with how it turned out. I believe you'd need to have read the book to fully appreciate the movie.

  2. will have to read that

  3. Although I didn't read the book I did see the movie and enjoyed it. Happy T day!

  4. I saw the movie some time ago and really liked it! Hope you had a great day!

  5. The book and movie were both excellent!
    I think I would enjoy seeing the movie again sometime.
    Happy T Day
    and Happy March

  6. I have neither read the book or saw the movie but now I am interested in doing both. :) Thanks for sharing.

  7. Read the book and liked it, haven't seen the movie. Usually I don't like movies of book I have read but this might be an exception.


  8. I saw this on my sidebar earlier today, but didn't think of it as relating to tea, since I had no idea what the film OR the book was about. I'm thrilled you liked both. Oftentimes that's not the case.

    Thanks for sharing this with us for T this Tuesday.

  9. I have not seen or read 'The Life of Pi' but I've read a lot about it - perhaps I should do both! Happy T day! Chrisx

  10. The trailer looks exciting...so now I am intrigued and have to check it out. the movie & the book! happy T day...

  11. That was one of my favorite movies.
    Have a lovely week

  12. I haven't read the book or seen the movie. My interest is a bit peeked.