I “accidentally” went to the cinema today. I happened to pass Odeon on my way back from the post office and decided to pop in. For some reason I decided to go to the post office nearer the cinema rather than the one nearer my house, but as I said it was “accidental”.
There was only me and four other people in the cinema, which was (a) just how I like it and (b) felt a bit like we were in this together just as Pi, was with four others in a lifeboat lost at sea. My four cinema companions were slightly more human, well it was dark so I’m only guessing. Pi had a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a tiger for company. Nature takes its course and Pi is left with only the tiger for company. The tiger is called Richard Parker, which was due to a mixup on the paperwork at the zoo. This amused me every time Pi called the tiger by its name, and it gave the animal more of a human personality.
A lot of people have said that they couldn’t see how the book could be transformed into film. Even though I’ve not read the book, I still knew the story as my girlfriend read it last year and told me. I think those watching the film without having read the book will enjoy it so much more. They can be sucked in and completely overwhelmed by Pi’s story, whereas if you know how it ends you’re always going to be one step ahead of his story.