Director Ang Lee’s ambitious 3D adaptation of the classic Yann Martel novel Life of Pi has been chosen to open the New York Film Festival, where it will also be making its world premiere. For those unaware, the story centers on a young man (Suraj Sharma) who is stranded at sea with a Bengal tiger following a shipwreck. The simple premise gives way to themes of hope, courage, spirituality, and avoiding being eaten by a tiger. The first trailer for the film wowed us with some truly spectacular visuals, and further footage really impressed convention goers at CinemaCon earlier this year.
As the film includes no big stars and centers on the dialogue-light relationship between a boy and a tiger, Life of Pi is a tough sell for general audiences. The draw for holiday moviegoers will be the lush visuals, and I’m hoping Lee has cooked up an emotionally engaging and challenging adaptation of Martel’s novel. As the film has now been selected as the prestigious opening film at NYFF, we’ll have our first reactions to the full film on September 28th (as well as a clearer “yay or nay” concerning the pic’s Oscar chances). Life of Pi opens on November 21st.