Ling and I went to see the movie “Prometheus” when it was released (somewhere close to opening weekend). I enjoyed the movie, but my most vivid memory was actually one of the previews – it was purported to be “five minutes from Ang Lee’s upcoming movie ‘Life of Pi’”. I have a lot of respect for Ang Lee, especially the breadth of genres he works in – I don’t know how he does it.
The next 5 minutes were 5 of the bizzarrest minutes I have experienced in a theatre – while watching this boy, on a life raft with a tiger, being attacked by flying fish – for 5 minutes – running to one end (oh, tiger), back to the other (fish with pointy ends), back (oh, tiger), I remember thinking – there is some joke here I’m not getting. Maybe this is Monty Python buying 5 minutes of theatre time to pretend to be Ang Lee?
It definitely left an impression.
Today, the actual movie came out, and reading the reviews I think I get it a little bit more, and my interest is definitely piqued.
Sitting in the lunch room today, I mentioned I was curious to watch this movie. I immediately had two friends tell me I had to read the book first because it was excellent and unfilmable
So tonight, bored, I bought the book and started reading. I figured I would just read a bit of the foreword and go to bed early – but I got hooked by the language.
I was so enthralled by one passage, that I had to read it to someone – Tim was there so I told him I had just started reading a book, and even the foreword was great. I read him the passage.
His response? “Oh, that sounds like Life of Pi – hey, have you read that? I think you’d really like it.” Chagrined, I admitted that was what I was reading.
So when everyone else knows about it, how have I managed to not even hear the name until now?
 One of them, after looking at stills from the movie observed that he might have pulled it off – it was matching his mental image.