Comments on: ReThink Reviews: Life of Pi http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/11/30/rethink-reviews-life-of-pi/ Uprising is a daily radio program, produced at KPFK, Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles. It airs weekdays from 8-9 am PST. A weekly syndicated version of Uprising is available free to all stations. Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:55:05 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 By: Russell http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/11/30/rethink-reviews-life-of-pi/#comment-504782 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 22:57:19 +0000 http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=32797#comment-504782 The film did not set out to prove the existence of god. It didn’t even say it would make you, the viewer, believe in god. What it said was that within the film the story would make the writer believe in god. The writer was given two choices – he chose to believe in the tiger (and hence in god). So the film delivered on its promise.

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By: Ella wan http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/11/30/rethink-reviews-life-of-pi/#comment-504256 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:38:10 +0000 http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=32797#comment-504256 God or no God? I think God could careless about this argument. With so much passion and love, Ang Lee opened the door for us to reflect rather than react….this is what life is about.

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By: V http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/11/30/rethink-reviews-life-of-pi/#comment-478914 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 07:35:28 +0000 http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=32797#comment-478914 One way to generate a lot of responses is to have a contrary opinion – however, in this case, it might be that you had a completely different take on an incredibly and delicately delivered movie, that takes on probably the most complex subject on planet Earth – one’s spirituality and connection to nature and that of human co-existence.

No-one here claims to know the answer you are seeking, a proof, but, we do have a version of that we believe to be the truth.

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By: josh http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/11/30/rethink-reviews-life-of-pi/#comment-478812 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 05:56:21 +0000 http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=32797#comment-478812 #review

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By: josh http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/11/30/rethink-reviews-life-of-pi/#comment-478790 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 05:44:42 +0000 http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=32797#comment-478790 Hmmm…I’m trying to be nice, but that was a truly pathetic reveiew! You had the same take-aways as my 8 year old daughter. Sad, but true. Many of the responses attempt to shed some light on the point of the story.

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By: writelady http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/11/30/rethink-reviews-life-of-pi/#comment-477402 Sun, 02 Dec 2012 05:51:34 +0000 http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=32797#comment-477402 I agree with Jim Ingalls. The point of the story is not the existence of “God” or gods, and not the “why do bad things happen…” question. The point is that we believe in whatever version of the story makes us feel better. “And so it is with God.” We believe in whatever version of a deity makes us feel better.

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By: iksfopilnek http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/11/30/rethink-reviews-life-of-pi/#comment-477117 Sun, 02 Dec 2012 01:09:34 +0000 http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=32797#comment-477117 I didn’t see any dwelling on any religion in the movie it was more about survival, faith and hope in ones self/friends. It included some of the best cinematography ever produced to date.

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By: Cristina http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/11/30/rethink-reviews-life-of-pi/#comment-477057 Sun, 02 Dec 2012 00:25:24 +0000 http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=32797#comment-477057 The point of the story is that God is not the reason things happen. He does not manipulate humans. In the Old Testament, life revolved around sacrificing to God. His presence was very real. However, his people stilled sinned and did not have a correct way of how to behave outside of how to worship God. God sent his son to become the very last sacrifice, lamb. God wants us to live in community, help one another. God is always present but not “interfering”. Things happen to people, weather good or bad.
The movie states that the lion gave Pi a reason to live and survive. He looked outside of himself to continue living and acting in unselfish manner. That is why he did not force the lion off the boat and saved him. When a human does not have something to life for, that is when all is lost.
Loved the film! Loved the book!

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By: PESCHAU7 http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/11/30/rethink-reviews-life-of-pi/#comment-475578 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 03:44:26 +0000 http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=32797#comment-475578 I wanted to share my experience in getting the answer to the very question that Mr. Kim has asked. If there is a God then why…? A friend and I went out for lunch. She and I had both struggled with fertility issues for several years. Meanwhile my younger unmarried, unemployed, emotionally and financially unstable sister was pregnant with her third child. My friend asked how I could communicate with her and keep such a positive attitude I mentioned that I believed in Gods will etc and had faith. She asked me why Good things happend to bad people and bad things happen to good/innocent people etc. I didn’t know the answer. A few hours later we were in a line at wal mart; I happened to look over and saw a magazine cover that read exactly the question she asked
The answer I read was this…God promised free will. By people having free will it sometimes allows people to become victims of circumstance. God never promised eternal life on earth without suffering. God is not a puppet master and to think of how boring and predictable life would be if he were.

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By: Grayson http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/11/30/rethink-reviews-life-of-pi/#comment-475411 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 00:42:06 +0000 http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=32797#comment-475411 This movie was so beautiful to watch regardless what your spiritual belief is or what the lesson you learned from this movie was. Everyone has a valid argument here it all depends where you are in your life. I think as your life changes you might see this movie in a different light. I think that is the beauty of it. I’m a really picky guy when it comes to movies and I think this one was so good and it reminded me of what makes life so beautiful whether you believe in God or not you can’t deny that. Regardless of the evil that exists the good always triumphs!

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By: Jim Ingalls http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/11/30/rethink-reviews-life-of-pi/#comment-475325 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 22:57:21 +0000 http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=32797#comment-475325 [SPOILERS]
I had a completely different take on the movie than either Jonathan or Andre got. In my view, the film was not trying to answer the question, how can there be a god when horrible things happen. It was arguing that people sometimes need to believe in (or wind up believing in) a god (or gods) to help them deal with horrible things. In the case of the horrors experienced by Pi, the only way he could keep his sanity was to craft an alternative inverted story of his journey, converting murderous humans into “wild” animals and nature into personified islands, angry storms, and friendly meerkats.

This point is made most explicitly when the journalist says he likes the story about the tiger better than the other (true) one, and Pi says “so it is with God”. The author and filmmaker are saying that religion gives us a way to see the world that works for us, a picture of how things are that we like. The film held back from bludgeoning us with this point, and left it up to each viewer to interpret what we saw in our own way, frankly, to delve as deeply as we were comfortable with into the unreality of the tiger story.

I did not take the tiger story literally, or I suspended disbelief for a while because I enjoyed doing so. That, after all is the point of myths and stories. Or it should be.

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By: Radha Vyas http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/11/30/rethink-reviews-life-of-pi/#comment-475295 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 22:30:58 +0000 http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=32797#comment-475295 Kim, you missed the whole point of the movie, and you do have some specific notions about God, and that is why you were disappointed …, it does not work that way …, you have seen the surface of the movie, please watch the movie one or couple of more times and do a retrospection of the movie, the characters Pi, Richard Parker and include yourself in that retrospection …, and then you will find the beauty of the film. Ang Lee did get it, in fact he states it in one of the interviews …, and if you still are not swayed by it, then watch it when after couple of decades …, it is not revelation of God …, it is the beauty of …,

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By: Andre http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/11/30/rethink-reviews-life-of-pi/#comment-475138 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:49:43 +0000 http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=32797#comment-475138 I respect your opinion. The question of why God allows suffering is a tough one for people but allowing something to happen is a lot different than being responsible for something. If God eventually rights all of the wrongs, which a strong faith will lead you to that conclusion, how can we ever question his will. Just keep your heart and mind open you will come to know the truth if you’re sincere in your search!!!!!! After watching the beautiful creation in that movie how could you not believe in a beautiful God!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s actually inexcusable!!

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