Friday, November 30, 2012
Life of Pi
We saw Life of Pi on the weekend, the film based on Yan Martel's award-winning novel. We donned the 3D glasses (why must everything be in 3D these days?) and sat back to enjoy. We thought the acting was excellent and that Ang Lee managed to create a fine film out of what we imagined would be an unfilmable story.
The action scenes were impressive --the tiger named Robert Parker was consistently scary-- but I liked the way the boy Pi earnestly explored several religions, claiming to be a convert to all of them. Actually, I don't feel that can happen, but we can have an openness, respect, even a sense of wonder, to religions other than our own.
In the end, the adult Pi invites the young author who will write his tale to "choose the best story." Isn't that the invitation when it comes to our faith? I happen to believe that Christianity is the best story, but I can hear other narratives.
Our older youth group kids went to see it on Sunday evening. I am curious to know what they thought.
Have any of you seen Life of Pi or read the book? What did you think about the exploration of religion and faith?
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