Movies are often about transformation as we watch characters go through life altering events through the course of the film. Nominated for 11 Oscars and taking prizes in four categories, including Best Director, Cinematography, Visual Effects, and Original Score, Life of Pi is definitely about Pi Patel’s adventure that is truly transformational.
The incredible story is about a young man on a fateful voyage who, after a spectacular disaster, is marooned on a lifeboat with a fearsome 450 pound Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker. The movie’s plot is told through flashbacks using stunning visual effects and cinematography that further emphasize how the relationship between Pi and Richard Parker changes dramatically. If you haven’t already seen it in the theaters or Digital HD download (DHD), this incredible adventure is available on Blu-ray and DVD on March 12.
Pi experiences an incredible adventure out in open waters that affects his life forever. Here are five life changing journeys depicted in film that I think demonstrate incredible character transformation.
An animated film depicting a life changing journey? WALL-E is probably not one that you expected to see in this list but when audiences met WALL-E in 2008 they were taken on an unexpected emotional journey. Even though he was only a small waste collecting robot, WALL-E’s journey to save his beloved EVE not only changed his life but also decided the fate of mankind.
Tom Cruise plays Charles Sanford Babbit, a self-centered Los Angeles-based automobile dealer at war with his own life. When he learns that his estranged father died and left his $3 million fortune to Raymond, his unknown autistic brother, he goes in search of him. When he finds Raymond, he kidnaps him and takes him on an eventful trip to the West Coast as a threat to get the $3 million inheritance. Their trip almost drives Charlie insane but by the time they arrive in L.A. their bond is unbreakable. This crazy journey that changed Charlie’s life forever earned Rainman 4 Oscars in 1988 and is viewed as one of Tom Cruise’s best performances and is one of my favorite movies.
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
This quirky comedy starring Steve Carrell and Toni Collete follows a family determined to get their young daughter Olive (Abigail Breslin) into the finals of a beauty pageant. As they travel across the country in their VW bus experience adventures and challenges which bring this warring family together. Dealing with everything from heart-break to drug-addicted pensioners this unique story won two Oscars in 2007 including Best Original Screenplay and remains a hit among film-fans worldwide.
LORD OF THE RINGS
Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy made movie history when they were released between 2001-2003. The films were critically acclaimed, winning 17 Oscars in total, as well as wide praise for the cast and innovative special effects. Set in Middle-earth, the three films follow the young Hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) as he and a mismatched group embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, and thus ensure the destruction of the dark Lord Sauron. This epic journey changed the lives of every character involved and remains the highest grossing movie trilogy of all time.
Tom Hanks played Chuck Noland in this tale of a modern-day Robinson Crusoe. When Noland, a FedEx executive, crash lands on a deserted island he must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Cast Away depicts the immense challenge ahead of Chuck as he engages in a battle of wits with himself and is tested mentally, physically and emotionally in order to survive.
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