Life of Pi & The Cinematic Comfort Zone

November 19, 2012 at 8:14 am

Life of Pi & The Cinematic Comfort Zone


[UPDATE: Check out my Life of Pi review here.]

I don’t take as many cinematic chances as I should.  I’ve skipped so many movies that later became personal favorites.  But it’s hard to spend 10-15 dollars for a movie if you are unsure it will be worth it.  In preparation for this post, I asked several friends and colleagues whether or not they would see Life of Pi in theaters:

“What is it?”


“The movie with the flying fish?”

“It looks weird.”

“Isn’t it based on that book?  Never read it.”

“I don’t get it.”

“I might rent it.”


Then I asked a couple friends of mine who are absolutely obsessed with film and all it’s subtle beauty:

“Most likely.”

“It looks gorgeous.”

“I love Ang Lee’s films.”

I fall somewhere in between.  On one hand, I haven’t read the book and I was just as confused when a bunch of flying fish flew past a boat containing a boy and a tiger.  On the other hand, I thought the flying fish looked absolutely stunning on the big screen.  Where do you stand?

Life of Pi is a lot like Cloud Atlas.  They are both based on novels I know nothing about.  They’re both shot beautifully.  They both offer the opportunity to expand my cinematic comfort zone and see something different.  I haven’t seen Cloud Atlas yet but I’m doing my best to find a theater playing the film at a convenient time.

But I will eventually see them both.  Specifically Life of Pi.  It’s intriguing.  Why is that boy stranded on a boat with a ferocious tiger?

You have to admit, Life of Pi looks pretty.

Life of Pi & The Cinematic Comfort Zone

If you don’t go to the movies often, would you take a chance on Life of Pi knowing nothing about it?  It’s hard to say considering everyone has different tastes but I’m willing to bet the answer is no.  I don’t know enough about Life of Pi to recommend it but I will say this:

When was the last time you gave something different a chance?  If you are an adventurous movie goer I salute you.  You’ve probably seen tons of phenomenal movies that many have skipped including myself.  My cinematic comfort zone is usually centered around big blockbusters, comedies, horror films & ‘Oscar type’ contending dramas.  I’d say that’s about average.  But I’m a massive fan of taking chances.  You never know when a film will come along and speak to you on levels you never expected.  That’s the beauty of exploring different movies. Honestly, I don’t step out of my comfort zone as often as I should.

Life of Pi & The Cinematic Comfort Zone


There are millions of people out there who are looking forward to Life of Pi.  It’s based on a bestselling book after all.  I hope the film does well.  It was disappointing to see low box office numbers for Cloud Atlas.  Many reviews I read urged people to give it a chance.

“Cloud Atlas should absolutely be on your radar if you’re a lover of film. Though it requires patience, it points out, once again and with feeling, that at the end of our existence, the love and our stories are all that remain.” /Film

“This is a hard review to write, there’s no two ways about it. It’s an impossible movie to summarize, and the feelings it evokes, at least for this writer, are numerous. It absolutely requires more than one viewing, and perhaps two or three sittings with it wouldn’t even be enough to satisfactorily unravel everything CLOUD ATLAS has going on. And that’s why it stands out as one of this very few movies that can be categorized as a “must see” this year. Love it (like I did) or hate it (like you might), you won’t deny that it deserves to be experienced.” joblo

So far, I regret not seeing it but I will.  I have to.  To me the risk is worth the reward.  It may end up becoming one of my favorite movies of all time.  Or it may not.  That’s the excitement of going to the movies.  To experience new things both in and out of your comfort zone.  I feel the same way about Life of Pi.  Early reviews are incredibly positive and it looks like Ang Lee has directed a visual masterpiece.

Life of Pi & The Cinematic Comfort Zone

Like many, my viewing choices primarily depend on time.  But I’m going to work hard to find a way to see Life of Pi.  I can’t see myself missing something that imaginative on the big screen.  I’m looking forward to stepping outside my cinematic comfort zone and experiencing something new.

Life of Pi & The Cinematic Comfort Zone

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