Here is a little something that was brought to my attention:
Ang Lee is a great director. I have watched almost all of the movies that he has made and I can say that I have enjoyed them, yes even his Hulk movie. However, Life of Pi irritated me. And I’m crushed saying this because I so dearly wanted to enjoy this movie but from the beginning the story started off on the wrong foot for me.
We first meet Pi as an adult he is being interviewed by a writer regarding his surviving a ship wreck and found alive after being giving up for dead. As he is interviewed he reveals some of his life in India how he learned to worship God. And at that point I started to get angry. Why you ask, well it is simple Pi starts out as a Hindu learning about the different pantheon of the gods of India. They are his “superheroes” until one day he is challenged to go drink the holy water in a church, a Roman Catholic Church. There he learns about Jesus and goes back over and over again to learn more. He then prays to Vishnu to thank him for letting him learn of Jesus. From there he learns about Islam and studies that in fact all of these religions are melded into his view of “God” including his father’s atheism and adherence to “reason”. He even mentions incorporating the Cabala into his belief system. When the writer points out the conflicts in the various beliefs Pi shrugs it off it doesn’t really matter this is the cafeteria God it doesn’t have any absolute form or reality let alone truth.
And that is the whole point to this movie: there is no truth. For as Pi unfolds his story of the shipwreck and his survival aboard a lifeboat whose other occupant is a Bengal tiger. Pi and the tiger must learn to rely upon each other if they are both are going to survive. And through a series of intensely beautiful scenes the tiger and the boy learns to live together. Or do they? Because after Pi is found on the shore of Mexico in the hospital he is interviewed by the Japanese insurance investigators. He tells them the story of himself and the tiger. They refuse to go to their bosses with this story so Pi tells a totally different story that is rational and realistic and has no tigers in it only himself, a sailor, a cook, and his mother.
When the writer hears the second story he looks at Pi and says which was true? Pi replies that he has heard both stories whichever one the writer wants to believe the most should be the true one.
The movie ends with the writer recording the first story about a boy and a tiger. So here is the meaning of the life of Pi truth, whether it is about who God is or what actually happened in a lifeboat is up to the individual objective truth doesn’t exist.
I’m giving Life of Pi two tiger tails out of five.
Q. 30. How does Christ execute the office of a king?
A. Christ executes the office of a king, in subduing us to Himself, in ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all His and our enemies.
Your people will offer themselves freely
on the day of your power,
in holy garments;
from the womb of the morning,
the dew of your youth will be yours. Psalm 110:3
‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel. Matthew 2:6
For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 1 Corinthians 15:25
Bite the bullet is on the short list of what I call my Man/Buddy movies. It is one of those films that exemplifies what I call the “friends for life” characteristic of male relationships. These are guys that have been together through some major event whether it is a war or just life itself. They have bonded together and have pledge to each other to help one another no matter the cost to themselves. They have a code of honor and won’t back down from it when push comes to shove.
Yet at the same time they are not above competing against each other to see who is the best at what they do. It is in this vein that the movie’s basic plot unfolds. A 400 mile cross country race to determine the best horse and rider combination. Will it be the Englishman who traveled across the ocean with his pure bred stallion, the youngster trying to make a name for himself with his mustang, or the two former rough riders comrades in arms but each needing to win this competition for his own reason.
It is against the back drop of the race where you see the qualities of each man portrayed and their faults. The race acts as a hammer beating out the dross with each clop of the horses hooves until those that haven’t the iron inside them are left to side. Boys grow into men, and see how real men behave when faced with problems that threaten their foundations.
I give this film four out of five horse shoes.