Directed by: Ang Lee
Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Gerard Depardieu, Tabu
A writer (Spall) is recounted a fantastic tale by Pi (Khan), the sole survivor of a shipwreck.
"Art is never finished, only abandoned", Leonardo Da Vinci once remarked. It's a piece of advice many film-makers would be wise to heed. Too many of them try to ram their messages down our throats, usually, as is the case here, by sacrificing the ambiguity of images for the bluntness of words. The great storyteller poses questions, the poor one attempts to answer them. The artist, and the film-maker particularly, should opt for the question over the answer, for, in artistic terms, an answer is merely a question with the romance removed. At the end of 'Life of Pi', Pi asks the writer character a question. As viewers, we answer it ourselves. This is where the screen should go black and the credits should roll. Instead Lee allows the writer to answer. It's one of the most cretinous film moments of the year, similar to the horrific ending of 'We Bought a Zoo', another film which ends on an unromantic answer.
Lee knows how to make a visually impressive movie, if only Hollywood would give him the freedom to do so.