|Source of story
||A book of the same name by Yann Martel
||David Magee (and previous efforts by almost too many scriptwriters to mention).
||The writer of the book knows a lot about animals but nothing about being on a ship, nor did the scriptwriter or the director of the film so, as a former ship captain, I had to get over the many, many errors in the presentation of the voyage and the shipwreck. I won’t bore you with the details.
||Suraj Sharma, Tabu, Rafe Spall, Gerard Depardieu
||A writer meets with an Indian in Canada, who tells him the story about how, as a young man, he survived a shipwreck in the Pacific, when he and his family were travelling from India to Canada on a Japanese ship, with the animals from his father’s zoo. He was the sole human occupant of a lifeboat, his companion being Bengal tiger. Somehow he and the tiger learn to co-exist.
||Quite a lot of time spent in India – Pondicherry – a former French colony; then the sea voyage, and the shipwreck; subsequently the young man in the lifeboat with a few animals, and as time passes only the tiger. Many scenes at sea, in rough seas and calms with fish, jelly fish and more. Some set pieces developed for the 3D experience.
||This oeuvre won a Oscar in three categories, including Best Director, and was nominated in seven others. And needless to say it ws well liked by the critics, and by the general public. The studio were cautious about their big investment in the film, but it returned a big profit. The only complaint by some critics was that the introduction is too long, and it is, but a minor point. Watch it on the biggest screen you can find.