‘Tis the time to bid you adieu!

It has been a joy blogging this semester, and I have loved seeing all the comments and the insight they provide into the film. Have a great rest of the semester and a wonderful winter break! Signing off, Roots


“The story’s yours now.”

The ending is riddled with mystery: Richard Parker walks away from Pi’s life forever and viewers are tasked with deciding which version of Pi’s story they want to believe. When Richard Parker so “unceremoniously” left, I felt the same way Pi did. How could Richard Parker just walk away, after spending upwards of six months…


The Importance of Nature

In several parts of the film, nature’s beauty transcends the hardships that Pi is forced to endure at sea. One of the scenes that resonated with me me most was the luminescent night waters filled with the glow-in-the-dark jellyfish and large blue whale. Pi is almost taken to a whole another celestial world. He is…


Enlightenment and Salvation

Enlightenment is defined as gaining understanding or awareness of the world surrounding you. As we discussed in class, different religions use different pathways to reach enlightenment. One of the most prominent figures to achieve enlightenment is Siddhartha Gautama, or Buddha himself. Through the use of the eight-fold path, he was able to achieve transcendence and…


Happy Thanksgiving!

  “I never thought a small piece of shade could bring me so much happiness. That a pile of tools, a bucket, a knife, a pencil, might become my greatest treasures. Or that knowing Richard Parker was here might ever bring me peace… Without Richard Parker, I would have died by now. My fear of…


Violence

  Bryan Stone discusses in his article Religion and Violence in Popular Film the various ways religion and violence interact on the silver screen. He breaks down these ways into four possible categories: religion can comfort victims of violence, support violence itself, support the rejection of violence, and be juxtaposed to violence. I believe that several of…


Faith and Doubt

“Doubt is useful, it keeps faith a living thing. After all, you cannot know the strength of your faith until it is tested. “ Perhaps this was one of the most impactful quotes of the entire movie, and one of my personal favorites. It was this axiom that kept teenage Pi alive for 227 days…


Life of Pi

  When I first picked this film for my blog post assignment, perhaps I had no idea the emotional impact it would have on me. Even though I was watching on my tiny little computer screen in my dorm room, without the awe-spiring grandeur of the big screen, I was still able to gain much…


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