My prediction: 99% of all women are going to want to gobble up this celluloid journey of self-discovery!
I’m going to play it straight with you – I actually DETESTED Elizabeth Gilbert‘s book Eat, Pray, Love. However, I DID enjoy the film adaptation – and if you’ve any kind of heart or sense of adventure, so will you!
Eat, Pray, Love is the autobiographical story of Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) a travel writer who’s lost all passion for her life. So she does what every woman dreams of doing – dumps her hubby of eight years (Billy Crudup), leaves Manhattan behind and sets out on a trip around the world in an attempt to reclaim her lost mojo. She does some eating in Italy, praying in India and gets some loving from Felipe (Javier Bardem) in Bali.
Sounds interesting, right? Let me break down why you should see this film – and why you MIGHT want to give it a miss.
* You’ll be itching to break out your passport even before the credits roll. The cinematography is gorgeous – although I definitely could have done without the gratuitous pasta shots director Ryan Murphy kept throwing in. Yeah, yeah, she’s in Italy and she’s eating pizza in Naples, spaghetti in Rome and swilling vino in Tuscany. We get it.
* Julia. I’m constantly amazed to see that Julia Roberts can de-glamorize herself on film. She wore so much baggy batik in EPL that it nearly boggled my mind — and no matter how sweaty or sad she looked onscreen, her smile still manages to light up a theater.
* Viola Davis is hilarious as Liz’s BFF Delia Shiraz. I smell Oscar nomination!
* Eye candy galore! HELLO! We have James Franco as Liz’s lover, David, Billy Crudup as her handsome ex-husband Steven and Javier Bardem as Felipe, the sensual lover man she meets in Bali.
* Richard Jenkins. I loved him in Six Feet Under, and his scenes with Julia in India will bring tears to your eyes.
* The music. Thank you, Ryan Murphy, for choosing to air Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” at a pivotal moment. Perfection song selection – but then, I guess you do that every week for Glee!
* The movie would end sooner — it’s far too long, clocking in at over two hours.
* To understand where Liz was coming from. She seemed like such a vacuous, empty person. Her life was great, yet she found reasons to hate it. She throws away her marriage to a man that’s clearly besotted by her and I didn’t understand why.
* That the entire India scene would last fifteen minutes tops. It was boring in the book and it was boring in the movie. Bring yourself some Italian chocolates to keep you busy for 45 minutes, just as an FYI.
* Gummi worms. But I really wanted Panini.
Will you enjoy Eat, Pray, Love? No doubt. Does it speak the international language of love? Oh, yes. Will it leave you hungry for more? Says this reviewer: nope, I feel fully sated.