We are headed into the greatest holiday ever created by anyone ever. Black Friday. I can’t wait. There’s a 103” Beovision 4 on sale for $3 at Best Buy that’s got my name written all over it. But until then we’ve got Tigers, Wolverines and Guardians.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.
Life of Pi
Oh Life of Pi, a book I’ve tried and failed to read on three separate occasions. The fault is all mine of course. By all accounts it's excellent, so save your holier than thou comments. I get it. But if anything was going to ignite a last and final spark to get me turning through Yann Martell’s novel, it would be the possibility of losing the ability to look my nose down at folks who’ve seen the movie but not read the book. I hate those people. I’ll never be one. Never. Spite reading is the best kind.
Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain-87%, Taking Woodstock-49%) takes over the movie adaptation with the story of Piscine Monitor Patel (played by rookie Suraj Sharma) and his time spent with Richard Parker, a hungry tiger, aboard a lifeboat after Pi’s family and family zoo residents joined the Titanic at the bottom of the ocean. The images and scenes from the trailer (along with some early reviews) paint a surreal picture of Pi’s time on the boat, including close encounters with a tiger and the dreamscape no doubt encountered while drifting on the ocean for two-thirds of a year. Frankly, it’s a gorgeous trailer and--unlike many I’ve seen--in the film’s use of colors, dimensions and completely devoid of any dialogue. I loved it.
Early reviews have been almost universal with praise and this film will almost assuredly earn significant Oscar discussion. It could be on the short list of favorites. This has been a strong year in large scale films, and this is another to add to the list. Now off to read the book. The Rotten Watch for Life of Pi is