The outcome of this review is somewhat inevitable. I’m an absolutely enamoured admirer of the work of Ang Lee. From his fractured family unit drama ‘The Ice Storm’ to his breakthrough ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and even his first Hollywood misfire ‘Hulk’ I’ve always found much to enjoy in his work, no matter how flawed it may seem. For me there’s always something more I notice on repeat viewings.
Perhaps it was wrong of me to assume from the stunning trailers that ‘Life of Pi’ would be a 3D visual spectacle aimed at the summer audience with the subtraction of substance and emotion to match. I couldn’t have been more wrong in my assumption.
The titular ‘Pi’ is a young boy whose family own a zoo.