The three nightmares for any director are animals, water, and children. Ang Lee masterfully and with magic brought them to life in the film Life of Pie.
I ran into Ang Lee what some would call the wee hours of the morning at the Sunset Tower Hotel. Ang Lee was eating a In-And -Out burger.
What was Ang Lee feeling like? He was overjoyed loving and living the moment.
Lee, of course, is a worthy winner and someone who seems to seek out the widest variety of stories and storytelling styles for projects as various as “Life of Pi,” “Brokeback Mountain” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
Seeing the film early on, my first reaction to it was that in some ways Lee wanted to direct this film precisely because people said making a motion picture out of Yann Martel’s novel was frankly impossible. It was the challenge of taking on a project involving a boy, a tiger and the vast and unknowable ocean that drew him in as much as, if not more than, anything else.
There can be no doubt that Lee met the challenge, and in 3-D no less, magnificently. To make audiences believe that this unbelievable story was in fact unfolding in front of their eyes was a major feat of craftsmanship and skill. Computers can do many wondrous things — they can even frame by frame remove the outside-the-costume microphones that the singers in “Les Misérables” all wore — but to make us believe so fully in the reality of the situation was something extraordinary. That was what academy members saw, and that is what they rewarded.
The reward the Oscar and a hamburger. This is America where magic is real a d dreams come true.by