I am strongly berating myself for doubting something which I have always loved. I have long been an ardent fan of Quentin Tarantino (henceforth referred to as QT) and have been looking forward to Django Unchained for a while now. The awards’ season frenzy cast a doubtful pallor on my expectations as I started wondering whether QT and his latest film were receiving accolades merely for being an established name, being backed by the Weinstein brothers, being thrust into the public eye due to contentious issues and all sorts of other malarkey. QT and Django Unchained are garnering nominations and praise for one reason alone – they deserve it.
I do not understand why Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi was considered unfilmable. It is a book that has the potential to be told in myriad ways and Ang Lee’s interpretation is one that gloriously realises the visual power the story holds. This version is incredibly close to its source, Martel’s simple yet masterful story-telling faithfully rendered on screen and given emotive life through wonderful performances and fantastic visual effects.