Saturday, September 29, 2012

Life of Pi Premiere and Reviews Are Coming In

Life of Pi premiered last night at the New York Film Festival. Check out this link to Collider to read some early reactions to the film based on Yann Martel's popular book.

Earlier, Deadline reported "that Lee described the film as “an adventure of hope, wonder, survival, spiritualitand faith”, and indeed it does have a strong religious aspect to it that should help box office appeal for audiences in the heartland. Lee, a two-time Oscar director winner for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain, says he used 3D for the first time not as a gimmick but as “an attempt to put you in the emotional space with these characters as much as the action”.
At CinemaCon, Lee told me this book would have been completely out of the question as a film even five years ago, but the 3D technology had evolved to such a point he was able to get these remarkable shots on water and make the tiger seem 100% authentic. Fortunately he didn’t have to shoot on the open seas as films like Jaws did; he shot all the massive water sequences in specially designed state-of-the-art water tanks in Taiwan with huge wave machines."

11 comments:

  1. DEFINITELY a movie I want to see.
    The local theatre has a gi-normous sized ad of it, posted on the outside wall. I loved the book -- met the author -- and can't wait to see the film.
    Tomorrow, I am going to see The Master for one reason -- it has my favorite actor in it -- Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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    1. Let me know what you think of it...

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  2. There are about five films this fall I'm beyond excited about and this is one of them. I got moved to tears just watching the trailer.

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  3. Life of Pi opens in the states on November 21 ... not sure, Cipriano, if it's earlier in Canada. Do let us know. Happy Saturday

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  4. Loved the book and can't wait for the film. I'm sure my husband won't want to go though:)

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  5. I'm eagerly waiting for this to screen in Canada, albeit apprehensive about 3D and the wavy sea. I might need to take a Gravol before seeing it. ;) But yes, I've read that Ang Lee thinks 3D is the movie of the future. I trust he'll keep the spiritual element intact amidst the technicalities.

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    1. That's funny Arti! But you're right, 3D can make you feel a teensy bit squeamish then throw in the rolling waves and ooops!I read the same thing about Martin Scorsese - that he thought 3D was the wave of the future and the future is now. I thought Hugo was amazing but I disagree that we need that in every film...but it's a magnificent tool in the right hands.

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    2. I went alright, no sick sea for me. And it's just mesmerizing. My review is up. Ang Lee ought to be acknowledged for some awards. But from the NYCC it looks like they've snubbed Lee too, on top of Hoover... or? What were they thinking?

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    3. The NYFCC ought to be thrashed!

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  6. I really want to see this movie. I loved the book so much!

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