Pi’s power is great, it’s magical. I dunno what’s gotten into me. It’s been 3 days since I’ve finished watching the film, and yet my mind is still in a dazed magical mode, with thoughts clouding the mind, keeping me awake and conscious when I’m supposed to be asleep, keeping me pensive and preoccupied in my own world. I keep thinking about it, about Pi, his trials and tribulations, his journey, the truth…etc and as I find myself wanting to conclude on my final thoughts, give closure to this wonderful and meaningful journey of faith, new things start to crop up, new clues new hints, stumbling my way to finality. I’ve been discussing with friends, and every time we come to a specific point in the film, we agree we disagree and we discover new things, we go deeper. It’s not something that I often do with my friends, most of the time it’s always the normal and pedestrian routine of just raving on how hot this guy is, how great the story is (it doesn’t have to be meaningful)… we rarely make a point to actually reflect on what film wants to portray, the message within. Ang Lee did it, and it’s making me crazy.
I just got the book, read about 30 pages, haven’t reached that far yet. I suppose it makes a startling difference that I’d seen the film beforehand, being unaware to the unknown and not privy to the characters’ thoughts and motivations, I got to experience first hand, visually and emotionally, this beautiful adventure painted with such honest reality. In other words, I never knew what to expect. My initial impression of the book (first 15 chapters) differs from what I’d expected, but in a good way. There are countless of things not spelled out or conveyed directly in the film, thoughts and perceptions of Pi regarding the world and its reality (here in which I think it would take a master of genius to pull it off because book is told in a first point of view). I’m opened and more enlightened by book’s elaboration on certain things, but also appreciate even more how Ang Lee managed to make the film so restrained and subtle i.e. not directly in your face. There are things which differ in context and yet the essence is conveyed thru different channels, different ways in the film.
I’ve yet to come to the crux of it all, dying to flip to the last page to just see whether writer and Ang Lee’s intentions and purpose are the same, but pulled myself together and reminded myself that this story needs to be felt and experienced the same way as the film. So I will gladly digress and not say more until I finish for good.
Here’s a precious gem not to be missed, if you have not seen or have already seen Life of Pi, one of the most beautiful and soothing film scores I’ve ever heard in ages.
Pi’s Lullaby (Mychael Danna + Bombay Jayashri)
If that doesn’t make you want to watch the film right away, I dunno what to say.
credits: Liradrin b@ youtube