An inspiring, beautiful film about a brave Indian boy recounting his impressive story to an author suffering from writer’s block who is interested in making it into a novel. Based on Yann Martel’s winning bestseller from 2001. Pi Patel, played magnificently by Suraj Sharma who is a teenager living in India with his parents and older brother. Named after the Spanish word for ‘swimming pool’ –Piscine. The family invest in a zoo and Pi attempts to create a bond with the tiger early on in the film before being punished by his father. Pi as an adult is played by Irrfan Khan who is recounting his story to an author played by Rafe Spall . Pi tells him his story in hope to enable him to believe in God. The father of Pi decides he wishes to re-locate to Canada in aim to restart his zookeeping business. They travel across India to Canada on a Japanese cargo ship, taking the animals with them. A shocking storm wrecks the whole ship but Pi had gone onto the deck to admire the storm and managed to survive on a little lifeboat, along with a zebra, a hyena, a chimp and an exquisite Bengal tiger. Throughout the film, with wonderful special effects, we join Pi and Richard Parker the tiger on their battle to survive. It’s difficult for me to describe how incredible the digitally created tiger is. The only thing I could possibly criticise about this film is the slow start, it took me about half an hour to get into it but after that, I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. The animal to human bond is heart-warming and I felt myself tearing up at a couple of moments throughout the film. A terrific film with a happy ending allowing me to leave the cinema with a smile on my face.
Completing his magnificent tour in Manchester, Bruno Mars proves to the city that he is the new king of pop with his highly cheesy yet catchy songs!
The atmosphere of this concert wasn’t what you would expect a common pop concert to be like, with the screaming girls and the banners in the air. The concert edged more on the rock genre, with Bruno slamming on his guitar live, middle aged people sweating whilst jumping in the standing area. The crowd wasn’t full of kids, there was a variety of people which made it interesting. The whole arena was full of energy!
As his fans sing along with one of his calmest songs ‘Talking to the moon’ there is a sudden change in atmosphere as he begins to sing ‘Runaway Baby’ the crowd continue to belt it out, going wild as they do so! The volume in the building was crazy, it was clear to anyone that it was full of Bruno’s hooligans!
Bruno got the crowd going from the second he came on stage, explaining to us all that it was his last night on tour so we should all put our cameras away and have some ‘f***ing fun’ which made the whole crowd laugh, it was brilliant how he brought out his personality in front of such a huge crowd!
His well known songs for example billionaire, just the way you are and the lazy song really got the crowd going and everyone looked so happy, this concert made me realise how much music can affect your mood! You would expect to hear all the screaming girls however surprisingly, Bruno Mars also seems to have many male fans!
The whole evening was full of energy and fun, Bruno Mars satisfied his audience throughout the whole concert which I’ve never experienced before! I never wanted this gig to end!
His hit single ‘Just the Way You Are’ closed the wonderful night, it got everybody singing along and as embarrassing as it is to admit, it got me in tears! It showed everyone how talented he is and you could tell he put so much feeling into the whole night!
He received the chants of ‘ENCORE ENCORE’ by us all, where he performed a mash up of ‘Lighters’ and ‘Talking To The Moon’ the entire audience were pleased with this and the evening ended with everyone singing and dancing along!
A perfect evening, I will never forget it, came to school without a voice the next day. Looking forward to his next tour as his new album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ will be released on the 10th December 2012!