Life of Pi (2012) is a visually awe-inspiring, dazzling tale of profound beauty, winning 4 well-deserved Oscars, the most of any film this year, including for visual effects and cinematography.
Much like Cast Away (2000), the film focuses on how one person survives while battling against the elements and to keep his own sanity. It’s a gripping story that’s difficult to believe if you weren’t seeing it with your own eyes. But no matter how unbelievable the situations that transpire, there is nothing in the film that looks fake or unconvincing, thanks to some of the most complex and stunning photography and special effects ever created.
Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee, known for directing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), and Brokeback Mountain (2005), for which he won his first Oscar, is extremely faithful to the book and won his 2nd Oscar for directing this movie. He has managed to create a visually stunning film that was mostly created with the aid of computers using a seamless blend of both real animals, and CG animation that gives the illusion of total reality.