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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Director Ang Lee Gathers Animals Two by Two in the First Trailer for "Life of Pi"

Here comes another trailer for one of those gigantic arthouse movies like last year's The Tree of Life that makes you want to pull your hair out.

You know the type: the trailer that's literally abstract but tries to fool you with its beautiful imagery. Oscar-winning director Ang Lee's (Brokeback Mountain) Life of Pi falls under that category. The trailer has been circulating throughout the cyberspace today, followed by lots of positive commentary and "ooohs" and "ahhhs."

But, I really can't jump on that bandwagon. It looks like Noah's Ark meets Cast Away. Apparently the 2007 book, written by Yann Martel, from which the movie was adapted is supposedly a modern classic. But this trailer isn't really stirring any real emotion in me. Here's the synopsis of the book (from Collider):

The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.

The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional–but is it more true?

.....I'm sure this will look gorgeous on screen and sweep all the gold come award season. But this is doing nothing for me looking like this.

Tobey Maguire, who I think is criminally underrated in most his movies, stars as the author in the movie. But, perhaps more significantly, the stars of the 2006 film The Namesake, Tabu and Irrfan Khan, are also in this movie, along with French actor Gérard Depardieu. First-time actor Suraj Sharma stars as the title character.
Check out the trailer below. What do you think?

Life of Pi heads to theaters November 21st.


Dankwa Brooks said...

Saw that on the big screen and...I don't know

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