I had the pleasant experience of walking into the cinema to watch The Life Of Pi and bumping into @MrHague333 (name written Twitter stylee) and Megan who is a very beautiful teenager and looks "Va Va Voom!"
 
They were both looking to pick a film and I'm not sure but I think they were gonna watch "The Rise Of The Guardians"
 
So what did we all watch, Guardians or Pi? The clue's in the title of this piece so read on and discover what we all thought...
 
Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The main character Piscine Molitor which becomes shortened in the film to "Pi" Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry.
 
The film looks into issues of spirituality, but isn't in my opinion Religious or Preachy. 
As in the book Pi spends a period time on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker (long but an interesting story explained in the book and film).
 
Life of Pi is divided into three sections. In the first section, the main character, Pi, an adult, reminisces about his childhood. 
 
He was named Piscine Molitor Patel after a swimming pool in France (I know, cold!). He changes his name to "Pi" when he begins secondary school, because the kids are not familiar with French sounding words so is tired of being taunted with the nickname "Pissing Patel". 
 
Dad owns a zoo in Pondicherry, providing Pi with a relatively affluent lifestyle and some understanding of animal psychology.
 
Pi is raised a Hindu, but as a fourteen-year-old he is introduced to Christianity and Islam, and starts to follow all three religions as he "just wants to love God."  Pi tries to understand God through the lens of each religion and comes to recognize the benefits in each one.
 
A great quote from Pi which i retweeted is that "I came to god through #Hinduism and found GOD'SLOVETHROUGHCHRIST."
 
Someone in a clothes shop asked me if the film is religious and I have to say yes in that it features Pi and how what he believes in influences his life however it is not in the slightest "Preachy". 
 
The writer of the best selling Novel which this visually stunning film is based on is Yann Martel. The novel was rejected by 5 publishers before being accepted by one so there's hope for me in getting my works published in my lifetime eh).
 
What was the inspiration for this wonderful novel?
 
In a 2002 interview with PBS (Public Broadcasting Services), Martel revealed his inspiration for his novel. He spoke of being lonely and needing direction in his life. The novel became that direction and purpose for his life.
 
Martel also stated that his inspiration for the book's premise came from reading a book review of Brazilian author Moacyr Scliar's 1981 novel "Max and the Cats" about a Jewish-German refugee who crossed the Atlantic Ocean while sharing his boat with a jaguar.
 
Scliar said that he was perplexed that Martel "used the idea without consulting or even informing me," and indicated that he was reviewing the situation before deciding whether to take any action in response. After talking with Martel, Scliar chose not to pursue the matter.
 
A dedication to Scliar "for the spark of life" appears in the author's note of Life of Pi.
I don't want you to now think Martel ripped off Scliar's work because according to literary reviews the similarities are minuscule and the themes are not the same.
 
Regarding other accolades and congratulatory comments none come higher than Martel receiving a letter directly from Barack Obama who describes Life of Pi as "an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling."
 
@MrHaguee333 said "it moved me so much" Megan the beautiful and intelligent Teen said "I'm glad we watched it. Gotta get mum to watch it too!"
 
Go along and see this beautiful, thought provoking film on the big screen and be prepared to be amazed and remember that your life can be whatever you want it to be. Do not let your circumstances hold back your imagination. Go watch this film and take Pi's name out of the title and replace it with your own.
 
The Mayan prophecy promoted in the media was designed to limit your growth and mentality. 2013 is your Time, your year, your life, so live it without harming anyone and be fulfilled...
 
Happy Holydays people.
 

gman
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Article by @gmanzen / 24th December 2012

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