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Another look at Life of Pi

yes, same trailer we ran a couple of days ago, but this one is sans subtitles and higher high-def.

20 Comments on this Post

  1. God, I’d love for this movie to be great for Lee’s sake, but every time I see anything about it I get serious “Lovely Bones” vibes.

  2. I have the complete opposite reaction. I have loved these trailers and have a good feeling about this one. Based solely on trailers, my most anticipated films for the rest of the year would be this, “Les Miserables” and “The Hobbit.”

  3. I have the complete opposite reaction. I have loved these trailers and have a good feeling about this one. Based solely on trailers, my most anticipated films for the rest of the year would be this, “Les Miserables” and “The Hobbit.”

  4. Damn double click!

  5. I agree with Robin. As great of a Director as Lee is, I have yet to see anything that would indicate this will be a better foray into CGI for him than The Hulk was.

  6. Heard from someone I trust who says the 3-D and CGI is almost incidental to the story. A powerful experience on the basis of story alone.

  7. caleb roth

    I don’t like when people mention Hulk as a negative thing. I’ll stand by that movie forever. It’s brilliant.

  8. Nik Grape

    The trailers have been amazing so far. Two things that raise my eyebrow are the transparent green whale and the poppy song selection. Apart from that, it really does look magical.

    Who has read this book and how highly do they recommend it?

  9. Sasha, we want to hear your impressions about the Stoker trailer :)
    Visualluy, this new Life of Pi trailer is excellet, but that Coldplay song….

  10. Did anyone see the 3D teaser in front of Prometheus? That and the Gatsby trailer were unfortunately the highlight of that trip to the theater. They both seemed to use the technology extremely well from the little bit I saw.

  11. I don’t like when people mention THE LOVELY BONES as a negative thing. I’ll stand by that movie forever. It’s brilliant.

  12. Cristhian

    Ugh, That narration and Coldplay? I feel so manipulated already… I need to take a shower.

  13. Ryan, if you’re going to post the same trailer for this, you should post the new TV spot for Les Miserables, it’s basically the same from the one we already know, but there’s some new footage and it’s very emotionally charged as well.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeLkEUgP8e4&feature=youtu.be
    Dammit, when Hathaway starts singing this I’ll cry my eyes out, it’s her Oscar scene for sure!

  14. Thanks Filipe.

  15. rufussondheim

    I don’t want this to be a Peter Jackson v. Ang Lee catfight. I have great respect for both directors, each has released at least one film I value greatly. Each has had failures.

    I’ve also read both Lovely Bones and Life of Pi – both books are strong but get a bit overwhelmed by their conceits and neither of the authors was able to finish their books as strongly as they started them. (That neither author has come even close to replicating their success tells me they have not developed into the strong writers their best known books promised us, but that’s a side issue)

    I never watched the Lovely Bones because I read that Jackson got too caught up in the visuals, which were not really integral to the story. (Having great respect for Gosling altered my opinion when he got the boot) And I have the sneaking suspicion that even though Heavenly Creatures was a great story with great characters and a great use of special/fantasy effects, I think that Jackson’s ability to make a film with a practically unlimited budget has sidetracked him and he doesn’t value character as much as he did when he had smaller budgets to work with. It’s been my hope he can find in himself to make a picture as strong as Heavenly Creatures.

    Now Ang Lee made three (at least) Chinese-language films that relied on character, then when he started making English-language films he continued this trend with The Ice Storm and Sense and Sensibility, which are two excellent films. Skipping past Ride with the Devil (I blame Jewel) he then got to use CGI in the utterly great Crouching Tiger. He then, by reports has lost his way somewhat as he was once extremely reliable and lately has become less so. With the exception of Brokeback Mountain, he hasn’t made a must-see film in a decade.

    But it’s nice to see Ryan’s comment above that CGI was incidental in this film, and Lee apparently relied on Character and Story first, which are always the core of any movie, no matter how much CGI is used. Obviously his source is likely biased, so we don’t want to give it more credence than it deserves. But it is encouraging.

    I will always choose the filmmaker that values character more. And for me that’s Ang Lee.

    __________

    I don’t recommend the book even though it was a huge success and loved by many many people. It’s a short thing, you should be able to get through it in like 4 hours total reading time, and at times it’s quite good.

    But if I had the option I would go into the movie without reading the book. I trust Ang Lee more than Yann Martel to tell Martel’s story. Sounds odd I know, but that’s an entirely defensible position.

  16. But it’s nice to see Ryan’s comment above that CGI was incidental in this film,

    To reiterate, I’m only passing along what I heard from a reliable source who was lucky enough to see the movie already

  17. rufussondheim

    Yup, Ryan. This ain’t no New York Post.

  18. Exactly. I don’t listen to anonymous nobodies.* This comes from a famous somebody.

  19. rufussondheim

    Now I have to know who it was!!!!!!!!!!!

    Can I have one guess?

    OK, Thanks!

    I guess, uh, uh, hmm. I guess Bruce Vilanch!

  20. this movie is gonna sweep the razzies …
    looks positively awful … good for laughs though

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