Monday, August 26, 2013

Life of Pi - A Review of the Movie

I watched the movie last night with my wife.  Instantly I was transported into a surreal environment of professors, zoos, kids, dancing and India amid a backdrop of a well laid out narrative. For those of you who do not know, the Life of Pi is a story about a young Indian teenager named Pi (Piscine Molitor Patel)  as he is shipwrecked and laid adrift on a lifeboat. He is not in the adventure alone, he has a Grants Zebra, an Orangutan, a Spotted Hyena and later we find out that he also has a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

This movie is based off of so much fact but interwoven with a beautiful narrative that leaves the watcher (and I imagine the reader) in a beautiful but deadly world of survival. The story itself is a story of survival but also of personal loss and grief. As Pi says in the movie "I will tell you a story that will make you believe in God."

It does just that.

For a Christian gamer with a love of faith, metaphor and moral stories this one blew me away. #mindblown!


So hopefully you haven't read this far if you do not want spoilers but just in case this is one final warning. SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!

The story has two meanings. One is much darker than the first. I won't say what the second meaning is but it left me with thoughts swimming around in my head literally all night and throughout all day.  I like the darker aspects of this story as it pertains to God and how He allows us to see things through the lens of faith and how when not viewing things  through the lens of faith one can be brought down into depths of horror that will literally cause the psyche to crumble.

I absolutely loved this movie. This movie is a masterpiece and one done with such a brilliant twist that I cannot say enough good things about it. I am literally showering it with praise. In fact, I saw it last night and today went online and placed a hold for the book and the audio book at my library.

I have always been fascinated by the human mind. Certain games lend themselves well to exploration of these types of themes. World of Darkness is one very good example of a game that allows players to come into a game with little or no knowledge and leave with a new found respect for their own lives. I have a similar feeling after watching Life of Pi. The allegories of the animals is one that is so powerful in my mind.

Years ago, I read a book called Evil: Inside the Human Violence and Cruelty by Beumeister and Beck. The book is a fairly complex delve into the psyche of psychopaths and sociopaths. The book itself talks of variations of perceived thought and the introspection that makes a 'normal' person rightly consider the consequences of their actions. An 'abnormal' person it seems does not have such filters.

It got me to thinking how to use the story and apply it to my gaming. Well we happen to be in a pirate game at the moment so I think I will borrow from the descriptions of the ocean life he uses in the movie. The surreal method by which the author Martel describes his world leaves the watcher with such a breath of air about life that defies words.

I give the movie a five out of five. I hope to read the book and append to this review.

I leave the reader with this passage

Isaiah 55:8-9
New International Version (NIV)

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

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