As a general policy, I would refrain from reading reviews on movies I haven't seen yet, but which I may want to see in the future. But of course there will be trailers and teasers which may emerge unexpectedly during commercial breaks on tv; or perhaps reviews published in the papers in the entertainment section. So obviously, sometimes it's quite impossible to escape from getting at least a general idea what a movie is about, although perhaps not very much more.
Such was the case with the movie entitled Life of Pi. In fact, I dare say even a total idiot can guess, based on the many versions of pictures accompanying the advertisements of the movie, that the story has something to do with a guy stranded on a lifeboat with a tiger in the ocean.
Well, I'll be honest heremy curiosity got the better of me when I saw a review on the movie in the local papers recently, and I committed the sin of breaching my own policy by stealing a peak at a paragraphjust one paragraph, mind you!and learned that a major part of the movie was actually scenes of a boy and a tiger on a boat in the open ocean. That, however, wasn't really a big revelation to me, as I had expected that's what the movie was about anyway. But that was quite enough to put me off. I mean, how boring can that be? Just a boy and a tiger on a boat for over an hour in the cinema, for goodness sake!
Nevertheless, as fate would have it, I found myself at the Growball Cinema in Centrepoint one weekend, and decided to unwind by watching a movie. Browsing through the movies on offer then, two caught my attention. One was the seemingly never ending saga of vampires and warewolves, of which I'm just not a big fan of the hairstyle of that sissy vampire named Edward Cullen. And the other was Life of Pi.
I'm sure you must have guessed it by now; I chose Life of Pi because of a hairstyle. I was willing to spend about one-and-a-half hours watching a boring scene of a boy and a tiger sharing a boat at sea, instead of a ridiculous hairstyle.
So anyway, without giving too much away (just in case if there are still some of you who haven't seen the movie out there), I found the movie quite good after all! That's rather strange, because I could think of nothing very interesting about seeing a boy and a tiger on a boat for over an hour. But I was wrong; I was stuck to my seat, wanting to know what's coming next. And then next; and next. It reminds me of the situation that can arise when reading a very interesting bookone would be willing to forgo food and endure hunger for wanting to read the book to the end!
But here's the thing about knowing very little about the movie. As it gradually progressed, I realised that it's longer than one-and-a-half hours. The suspense was killing me; I was at the edge of my seat, wondering when it would end. One hour forty-five minutes, and it's still not finished yet, oh for Pete's sake! No, it went on to about two hours before it finally ended!
Even two-hour long, it was still not a boring movie; and I would therefore recommend to my readers to watch it, if you haven't already! I think the message that the writer is trying to send to the viewers is very profound and meaningful; even spiritual!
Just be sure that you don't have a full bladder when you're watching it. Two hours can feel like an eternity even if the movie is exciting, I tell you!