This post begins a new category of films – those TPPC does not recommend. Occasionally a film comes along that gets some attention but is still not biblically straight or unedifying or deserves comment for some reason. Such is LIFE OF PI, in my opinion.
LIFE OF PI, PG, 2012 123 min; the story of a young Indian boy, Pi; the majority of the movie is the strained, unlikely account of his survival of a shipwreck. Pi is on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. The boy was in constant danger from attack. This less than thrilling boat ride lasted too long.
The first clue that this was not Christian fare was the repeated use of a toilet bowl word in early scenes. No screen writer can repeatedly use a four letter word and still claim to be a spokesman for holy God’s truth. One cannot have it both ways. This film is sub Christian in language and theology.
Good animal and nature photography sucks you in early though this is offset by either poor sound amplification quality or perhaps Pi is just hard to understand. Is it mumbling?
As yoga is the evangelistic arm of Hinduism, so was this film. In my view it repeatedly promotes Hinduism, pantheism, New Age philosophy. I saw pantheism in Pi’s tears over killing a fish for food. Animals are not part of God. They are creatures under man’s dominion. To pretend that cows, monkeys or any creature has the same rank as men made in the image of God, demeans man, God’s eternal plan and God’s Word.
“And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish if the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”” (Gen 1.27-28 NAS).
The 33 million gods of Hinduism are mentioned. On the lifeboat, Pi shouts to god(?) in a bad storm, implying that God is angry, impersonal and unknowable. I prefer a personal God in Christ who is knowable, forgives my sin and gives peace.
The movie begins with older Pi offering to help a house guest find God. It never happens. In flashbacks, young Pi is seeking God. He is into Hinduism, Catholicism and Islam at the same time. Later, on the lifeboat reality and Hindu fantasy seem mixed.
I sought in vain for any solid Christian truth or orthodox theology. God is not even referred to as Creator. Once leaving timeless, changeless, eternal, Bible truth one is truly adrift in the sea of ever shifting questions, subjective opinions and confusion. This movie began with questions about God. It ended with even more. I like sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie and coconut pie. I’ll pass on Life of Pi.