First Look: Stunning image from Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’
He striked out with ‘Hulk’, but Lee looks to be back in form here.
Ang Lee didn’t really have the best Hollywood career thanks to the failure of his ‘Hulk’, but he’s a visionary director nonetheless. And audiences might remember that once again if his upcoming movie is as good as it looks. Here is the first image from ‘Life of Pi’ and there’s a stunning visual look to it that is very appealing.
Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.
The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional-but is it more true?
The film is set for a December 21 release and stars Irrfan Khan, Tobey Maguire, Suraj Sharma and Gérard Depardieu among others.