Sunday, December 30, 2012

Book movie date

I saw Life of Pi with E last night. He read the book years ago (I read it last year), so I knew we had to see it together. Plus, he wouldn't mind my discussions of "this was different/better/explained in more detail in the book." He's used to me.

Anyway, I couldn't NOT see a movie about a book I read. That wasn't going to happen. (Saw Anna Karenina recently for the same reason.)

I liked the movie. I'm glad I saw it. It is one of the most beautiful things I've ever sat and stared at for 2 hours. The images of the film felt like carefully choreographed ballet. (And we saw it in 3D... I don't even like 3D and this was nice to look at in 3D.) I think the filmmakers managed to capture a piece of what the book was like (including the ending, which I won't spoil, but if you've read it you know what I'm talking about), but I also think that since the book was so much about Pi's internal struggle, that's something you just can't capture on film, no matter how many thoughtful looks a character gives to a tiger.

I don't think this is a movie I can watch over and over again -- it's slow, and I had forgotten how much sadness there is in it -- but visually, it was amazing. Stunning and beautiful.

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