The book Life Of Pi, by Yann Martel, sold more than seven million copies. Ang Lee’s courageous undertaking of telling the story about a young boy who goes on an incredible journey with a Bengal tiger does justice to the book. He also creates an incredible inspiring and imaginative film.
The movie starts when Pi (Irrfan Khan) is an adult living in Canada and is visited by a writer (Rafe Spall) who has heard about Pi’s incredible voyage as a youth. The story then transitions back to a time when Pi was young and helping his father (Adil Hussain) run a zoo. As the economy worsens the decision is made to move the zoo to Canada. On the way a terrible storm occurs causing everyone aboard the ship to fend for their lives. Pi ends up in a life boat with a zebra and the Bengal tiger.
What transpires from there is a story of survival and transformation. Pi (now played by Suraj Sharma but portrayed at different ages by several actors) has very little accessories on his small boat. He must try to navigate a way to safety, handle horrendous storms that constantly toss him out of the boat, sustain himself with food and water and contend with an angry and scared tiger who wants Pi for a snack.