YMMV / Life of Pi

  • Acceptable Religious Targets: Pi respects and admires his strictly atheistic teacher, and devoutly practices Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity. However, he heaps all of his scorn on agnostics, viewing them as doubters who lack the resolve to pick a side.
  • Award Snub:
    • Actually an award speech snub: the visual effects team were planning to include a statement about the hard times many special effects companies are going through, even as their work is being used more than ever, but were cut off by the Jaws theme. This led to a hundreds-strong protest.
    • Averted by the film itself, which took home more Oscars than any other film released that year - including the Oscar Bait.
    • More upsettingly, Suraj Sharma, who played Pi, did not get nominated for the Oscar for Best Actor. This despite the fact that he practically carried the entire film on his shoulders, acting opposite a green screen to convince audiences that he was staring down a tiger, and starved himself and isolated himself from other people to get into character.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Pi's Lullaby". Sweet Dreams Fuel incarnate.
  • Epileptic Trees: With how Pi's story is told, this is inevitable.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Pi was mocked as a child for having a name that could be mispronounced as "Pissing." When he's lost at sea and quarreling with Richard Parker, he actually does piss to mark his territory and show him who's in charge. That does not end well for him.
    • Irrfan Khan plays the adult Pi. This wasn't the only movie in 2012 that Irrfan Khan was in with a character named Richard Parker.
  • Squick: The descriptions of how the hyena kills the zebra in the book.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: For the film, Rhythm & Huesnote  developed some truly phenomenal animation and visual effects, which won them the Oscar for Best Visual Effects.