Life of Pi is a movie about a man, and his life and how he sees the world. Its also the strongest argument one can make for God as well, or whatever God means in the context of being irrational.
Here is a movie that shook my very perception that the rational scientific way of thinking is the only way to view the world, there is a side to life much more spiritual it seems that is more pleasant, and more meaningful, and at the end of the day, how important is rationality to living life anyway?
Pis journey is hard. Its full of loss and unbearable realities. But he survives it with the help of a tiger. The tiger keeps him sane alone on this long, tortuous voyage. Although at the end we question the existence of this tiger, due to how he retells a more rational version of the tale, we dont seem to mind. The tiger looked and felt more real that anything Ive ever seen.
We believe his tale, although that is the licence that the movie holds on the viewer. But the marvellous journey that we had witness was so compelling and beautiful and much more digestable than his real story, does it matter which one we choose?
But the answer is still not as clear as I just put it. We dont know for sure which story is real, we can only determine it through either our feelings, or our rational brain. I must admit, as an atheist, rational thinker, and strong believer in the miracles of science, like Pis father, I also choose the story with the Benghal tiger.
What did I choose exactly? Is it a way to view the world? Does it mean anything at all?
At the end of the day Ive never felt more propelled through my senses and my emotions through another mans experiences than I have with this movie, and Ang Lee reveals himself to be a master filmmaker. Life of Pi showed me another way of thinking about life, a more spiritual one, and for that I feel blessed.
//Note this was written 30 ish minutes after the ending and I did exagerate some effects it had on me. I still feel my rational way of thinking is for me, but its the closest I've ever come to understanding the more irrational way of thinking. It was also written like a train of thought, completely unedited.