Before the press screening of Prometheus last month, we were shown an extended scene from Ang Lee’s upcoming film Life of Pi. The scene began with a boy on a small boat with a large tiger who is confronted with a sea full of jumping fish. It was a visually interesting scene, but without any context it felt like nothing but spectacle without any substance. There was also liberal use of 3-D to the point where it felt a little gimmicky (fish jumping at the screen, etc.) and it did little to pique my interest in the movie.
However, my opinion has changed slightly this morning as the first Life of Pi trailer has premiered, giving some context to the above mentioned scene and providing numerous other glimpses at the visual magic at work. Life of Pi appears to have much imagination at its heart and with a smart director like Ang Lee at the helm, it will undoubtedly have an interesting narrative arc as well.
Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, Life of Pi tells the story of an Indian zookeeper’s son who is stranded 227 days in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger and a host of other animals. The film stars Suraj Sharma as the title character along with Tobey Maguire, Irrfan Kahn, Gerard Depardieu, and Tabu. It features a screenplay by the Oscar nominated writer behind Finding Neverland, David Magee.
The Life of Pi trailer came online courtesy of In Contention. Take a look for yourself below and let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Life of Pi will be in theatres in the U.S. on November 21, 2012.