Page to Screen: Life of Pi

Truths Universally Acknowledged

life_of_pi_book_cover_01-1rgos88I was a little skeptical when I heard Yann Martel’s novel would be adapted for the screen.  If you’ve read the book you know what an ambitious undertaking a movie adaptation was.  For one thing, the book is written like a journal, with most of the content happening inside Pi’s head.  There are also very long stretches without any action.  I thought it would be impossible for an actor to capture some of the changes and thought processes Pi experiences while stranded at sea, and I think I was right.  I enjoyed Suraj Sharma as Pi, but “hunger” and “desperation” are easy to portray in a movie about a boy stranded on a boat.  The emotional stuff is a little harder.

In both the book and the movie, the ship carrying Pi, his family and all of the animals from their zoo sinks in the middle of the ocean.  Pi…

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