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Ang Lee's Rousing Life of Pi Trailer Is Impressive, Superficially At Least

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 25, 2012 | Comments ()


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Ang Lee has finally wrapped the long-in development Life of Pi at least enough to put together an impressive trailer. He's got the vision, he's got the special effects, and he's got the cinematography -- it looks like a Gondry film if Gondry ever had a budget with which to work -- but the question is: Will Ang Lee be able to capture the literary aspects of Yann Martel's novel? It's not easy to explore spirituality in film, but hey! That tiger looks cool.



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  • mlukmluk

    reading this book turned me into the incredible hulk. seriously, i didn't even hate paolo coelho's writing as much as i hated this. but i had to read it for my bookclub. it is absolute condescending, beat-you-over-the-head with new-age-meltingpot-spirituality bullshit, with an ending that LITERALLY made me ditch the book at the wall once i finished reading.
    i just felt the need to share that tidbit.

  • Rain

    Am I the only one who thinks this looks (apart from the tiger) like rubbish?

    Reliance on CGI. Arresting visual images in the place of [whatever]. There seems to be nothing underneath. So superficial, so sentimental. People don't do exaggerated poses, or stand still against breathtaking vistas in real life.

    You can't wring emotions from me this cheaply. Good films work for an emotional investment, not just show a 'meaningful', exaggerated shot that says "be teary-eyed".

    I was also dismayed that the novel won the booker prize. Original, but very comparable to The Alchemist or something. Really condescending, talking-to-children tone. People (or sheep, as they are affectionately known) loved this book so as not to be the odd one out.

  • Zen

    I wasn't too thrilled with the ending of that book, oh philistine soul have I. But perhaps it will translate better into film.

  • Darek

    I did not care for the novel at all. The trailer looks lovely, but unless Lee makes a film about a shipwrecked boy and his tiger friend, leaving behind the childish theology, I can't imagine I'll be seeing this in a theater.

  • This looks gorgeous. They'd better not fuck it up like they did Water for Elephants.

  • BWeaves

    I thought this was about math?

  • bleujayone

    You mean its NOT about baked treats?

  • Whit

    Looks beautiful and I loved that music. There was other animals on that boat though right? I keep thinking the was an orangutang. There was right? Well I'm off the read the book again.

  • ScienceGeek

    Yeah.
    And I can't say anything more without massive spoilers, but if they've been left out, I'll be miffed.

  • Right? I mean the thing that blew me away about the book was That ONE THING, and damn it, from the looks of this lush lovely trailer, I don't see that this movie is going to conclude leaving us with the same questions, forced to draw our same conclusions....GAAAHHHH. Does anyone know how the movie is to end?

  • There was a hyena as well.

  • Lindzgrl

    Yep, there's an orangutang and an injured zebra or antelope.

  • birdgal

    Um, that may have made me tear up a little....

  • And that kid didn't know how to swim when Lee found him. Gorgeous.

  • lonolove

    Looks brilliant! I just finished reading the book for the first time not that long ago (and was devastated by it, naturally) so I'm just in time to start nitpicking small changes in the movie. AWWW YIS!

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Oh wow. I guess I should read the book now... since people have been telling me how good it is for like... I don't know... 10 years or more.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    I'm with you. I feel like it's gone too far, and now I just can't read it. But I also kind of have to. Crap.

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