Eat Pray Love Review

October 1, 2010

Eat Pray Love Review

Publisher Monique says: Don’t you love it when something totally suprises you? Having attempted to read Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling novel “”Eat, Pray Love” and ending up throwing it down in disgust, questioning how such a shallow woman’s post-divorce travels could be a global literary phenomena, you could say I was not waiting to see the movie with much excitement.

But boy was I wrong! The movie grabbed me from the very beginning, and I must admit my long held affection and admiration for Julia Roberts since she was a Pretty Woman. The first part of the movie in New York sets the scene very well for the rest of the movie and her reasons for feeling so lost and the why she needed to embark on the year long journey of self discovery. Toy boy James Franco stole my heart as well as Liz’s for obvious reasons!

The Italian Tourism Board should be rubbing their hands with glee at how well this movie portrays the Italians and their fabulous country. I felt like booking my next holiday to Italy to sample the food, be amongst the Italian people and see how it feels to just do nothing in Italy…

Julia Roberts is fantastic in the role as author and divorcee Liz Gilbert. She really captures the pain, loss and disappoint that Liz is feeling in India and how desperately she is trying to find herself and heal herself. I can’t compare the movie to how closely the movie producers stayed the book but maybe that was why I loved it so much as I didn’t have any good feelings towards the book to be disappointed by the movie. Conversly I was happily surprised by the movie and thoroughly enjoyed being taken on Liz’s journey with her.

I won’t spoil the movie for you but Javier Bardem and Juila Roberts together in Bali are a highlight of this movie. The chemistry between these two is palpable and if you loved Javier in “Vicki, Christina Barcelona” then you won’t be disappointed this time round either. The movie is beautifully shot, brilliantly acted and is a story everyone can relate to as surely we have all been lost at sometime in our life. Word of warning though – this is not a date movie! Most guys would hate it and you may struggle to get a second date if he thinks this is your kind of “chick flick”…don’t say you weren’t warned! That said, I loved it and was sad when it was over! So go figure, maybe the expression should be “never judge a movie by the book” instead of “never judge a book by it’s cover”…

Editor Julia says: I LOVED Eat, Pray, Love the book. I loved it so much that when I got to the last page I flipped back to the first and reread it straight away. Elizabeth’s journey resonated so strongly with me: the ‘lost’ feeling during her marriage, that uneasiness scratching within you of wanting something more, spiritual curiosity, as well as a love for all things Italian from the language to the linguine. I too had travelled all over Italy looking for the best gelato, and had contemplated visiting an ashram (until a friend said: “you know it’s just full of horny old men wanting to have sex with you”).

I had no interest in seeing the movie when I heard it was coming out. While I quite like Julia Roberts, I only ever see Julia Roberts The Big Movie Star on the screen and not the character she’s playing. She’s just too striking. And while Javier Bardem is one of my top 10 hot guys, I didn’t see him as Felipe. Plus the book is so visual to me I didn’t want that replaced with Hollywood’s version. But in the name of research, I went along and saw the preview.

Setting aside the above prejudices, I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised. I hated it. I didn’t buy Julia as Elizabeth Gilbert. There was no chemistry with the other actors, from cute James Franco (rebound David) to Six Feet Under’s Richard Jenkins (Richard from Texas). And definitely not with Javier/Felipe, where I begged for their beautiful connection to shine through but it just left me cold. It all felt a bit slapstick instead of sensuous.

And where were the sweeping vistas of Italy, India and Indonesia? I was hoping it could be a great travel movie at the least, but the cinematopgrahy instead seemed all over the place and disconnected to each scene. In Italy, where Elizabeth surrenders to the little pleasures of life, they focus on a rather bland Thanksgiving turkey instead of gratuitous shots of pizza and gelato! While the book inspired me, the movie left me annoyed and worse, I’d forgotten about it 5 minutes after leaving the cinema.

We can’t wait to hear what you think! Eat Pray Love hits cinemas October 7.

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