There are some films whose born are not meant for any kind of discussion or criticism.
They reached a "beyond any discussion" point in their mothers' womb (here the director's mind). But, after their born (here release of the film), we, the 'mango people', found ourselves simply dumb seeing those 'kingly babies' (here films), and got ourselves lost in the thought that what lies in the journey of a 'life' (disguised in the form of films), the journey- from the form of an embryo to it's full bloomed state, that makes it so large than it's own life!
The film is about 'that journey'. But exactly what kind of journey it is? Is it the journey of a family who uprooted themselves to another country in the midst of political disturbance? Is it the journey of survival of existence of some human and non-human creatures (the majestic royal Bengal tiger Richard Parker)? Or it is the journey of a lone 16 year old boy floating on a life boat after the ship wreck and his ceaseless collision with GOD and spirituality in the midst of the rodent Pacific ocean? Don't know. . . . . Actually it's a film about some 'perception'..... about some 'notion'..... Actually the film has no story or you could say it has a one liner story..... Actually this kind of film don't need any kind of story (though it's a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery)..... all those perceptions and notions let you to make your own story to feel the inseparable unity with the film.
Technically (the technique which made a whole island, full of trees with glittering green leaves, into Lord Buddha in "Anant Shayan"..... The eternal Sleep and many others visual masterpiece) is a 'out of the world movie' in true sense. I haven't seen this kind of magnificent 3D movie in recent past. Acting wise Suraj Sharma did exactly what the director want him to do. Irfan Khan as adult Pi was calm, cool and poised. In short span Tabu steal the screen at ease. Adil Hussain is perfect. And all the other actors were at their 100%.
Screenplay-wright David Magee has done a tremendous smart job in adapting Yaan Martel's Booker winning book for screen and same for the cinematographer-Claudio Miranda and the editor-Tim Squyres. It's very nice feeling to hear a south Indian 'lullaby' in a extravagant hollywood flick, and for that credit goes to music director Mychael Danna.
And now the director..... Ang Lee. In one line..... this- OSCAR, Palm DE' Or, Golden Bear, BAFTA winning director done his career's best job (till date of-course) in this movie.
Go and grab the "LIFE OF PI" like a pie! :-)