This weekend I finally got around to watching Life of Pi.
It won many awards at the Oscars this past year including Ang Lee for Best Director. Now it was a gorgeous looking movie and perhaps seeing this in 3D would be worth it. Life of Pi is based on the book of the same name by Yann Martel, it tells the story of a young boy and a tiger that were shipwrecked and how they survive. It is said by many to have a deep spiritual message and even Barack Obama has called it “an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling.”
Pi(scine Molitor) Patel was raised a Hindu, at his mother’s insistence his father is a rationalist, At the age of 12 or 14 depending he goes out and learns about Christianity and Islam. Pi just wants to love God and his mother supports his exploration of the religions. Pi family owns a zoo and they decide that they want to have a new better life in Canada and they are going to be selling off the animals when they reach the American continent. However the freighter they are traveling on is wrecked and the only survivor is Pi along with a zebra (with a broken leg), a orangutan, a hyena and a tiger. The animals quickly eat each other, with the tiger being the last animal left along with Pi. Pi and his tiger travel 227 days in a life boat as they battle each other and starvation. They encounter many wondrous things along the way. They both make it to the Mexican shore the tiger leave Pi who is then discovered by humans and brought to a hospital. While Pi is recovering investigators from the freight company come to learn how the ship sank Pi has no clue how the freighter sank but he does tell the tale of how he survived. The investigators don’t believe his tale about the animals so Pi offers a version with, a sailor, Pi’s mother, the ship’s cook and Pi were the lone survivors and the events following are the same.. It is then left us to the reader/viewer to decide which story is the truth. The investigators we learn chose to believe the story with the animals and as the story dictates so it is with God. All we need to do is believe and anything is possible. The big thing that we can take from this story is that God is important in our lives it doesn’t matter what religion we are God is there for us at all times.