"There was a young lady of Niger
Who smiled as she rode on a tiger;
They returned from the ride
With the lady inside,
And the smile on the face of the tiger."
By William Cosmo Monkhouse
As we approach Christmas weekend, the studios are flooding cinemas with their award hype motion pictures in the hopes to lure box office dollars.
Based on the best selling book by Yann Martel, **The Life of Pi**
is an epic adventure that is part **Old Testament Book of Johah** and part Ancient India Sanskrit text **Mahabharata.** The Golden Globes have honored this film with three nominations, Best Picture, Best Score and Best Direction. Given his previous work (**Sense and Sensibility,** **Brokeback Mountain,** **Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon**), Director Ang Lee is to perfect director to tell this simple story with amazing visual symbolism.
As a child growing up in India, Pi lives in zoo that is run by his parents. When finances dwindle, Pi's family is forced to relocate the animals to Canada via boat. During rough weather, the ship sinks and the only survivor is the vegetarian Pi and the carnivorous tiger, Ricard Parker. In order to survive, the man and the beast must learn to share a small lifeboat for 227 days while cast adrift on the Pacific Ocean.
At 127 minutes, **The Life of Pi** opens at a leisurely pace with much humor. As the drama unfolds on the lifeboat, the humor remains with a touch of danger. Like a good episode of **The Twilight Zone** or an O. Henry short story, the conclusion raises more questions about the nature of reality.