Eat Pray Love Reviews
I didn't hate Liz, though, as others seem to. Not everyone has the same idea of a satisfying life. Yes, her husband was fine, but they were not suited. It doesn't make Liz a bad or shallow person because she recognised this and was honest instead of dragging it out and them both feeling miserable.
Some of the travel bits were enjoyable. The food in Italy looked delicious and I enjoyed her friendship with the young Indian girl.
Film had really lost me by the "love" part - I didn't buy Julia and Javier as a couple at all.
This, I'm sure, will be the first of many watches.
I mean, here I am with a ninth-generation medicine man and what do I wanna ask him about? Getting closer to God? Saving the world's starving children? Nope. I wanna discuss my relationship.
And then it happened. After months with the borrowed DVD "in hands", I watched it. Thereīre moments in our life, or nothing but random Friday nights, where the never happens. Not that I have said I would never watch it, but I had not even the slightest desire to do it. Last Friday, I did.
The whole thing is that Eat Pray Love is not that bad as I expected and thatīs the reason why I am here writing. The film itself is as foreseeable and poor as you can imagine - specially if you are Brazilian or knows the sonority of our Portuguese that well that Javier Bardemīs accent makes you want to kill Francine Maisler, the casting director - but, and maybe thatīs just me, thereīre good things you can get of it. Iīve been in a sort of inner journey as never before, so how and what called my attention, might have not the same effect on you. Also, I am pretty sure all its glories come from Elizabeth Gilbertīs book, so if you read it, what I didnīt, I am afraid that the film can be a null experience.
I have a friend, Deborah, a psychologist who was asked by the city of Philadelphia if she could offer psychological counseling to Cambodian refugees, boat people who had recently arrived in the city. Deborah was daunted by the task. These Cambodians had suffered genocide, starvation, relatives murdered before their eyes, years in refugee camps, harrowing boat trips to the West. How could she relate to their suffering? How could she help these people? So guess what all these people wanted to talk about with my friend Deborah, the psychologist. It was all īI met this guy in the refugee camp. I thought he really loved me... What should I do? I still love him.
Yes, this is how we are. Menschliches, Allzumenschliches. What I really like about Gilbertīs journey is how true it is. True in all its meanings. Itīs easy to adopt concepts and to mouth slogans like the "The Physics of the Quest" as itīs easy to goes after a "searching for something" that, actually, covers an escapism. I donīt think Liz was in search of herself or a meaning, but escaping from herself, what can be seen in how she easily jumped into a relationship to another only changing the "costume", adapting herself to the "new" situation. How many times do we do that and not even in the relationship field? From being completely consumed with being the perfect wife and cook, fed up, instead of creating a real change, we only replace the "object" to chanting and meditation, fishing or whatever? Thatīs all part of a non conscious state. Sometimes itīs clearly visible to others, except to us, like Lizīs friendīs husband noticing how she looked like Stephen, the ex-husband, and now kind of look like David, the new boyfriend.
"What I meant was, you know how people start resembling their dogs?" We can see amounts of this everywhere. Today I like politics, tomorrow, depending on the group or person I am with, I become vegetarian. We may think we did change inside, but we end up modificating nothing but the outside: statements, vocabulary, clothes. Even if the points of view are not the same anymore, they are probably reflections of something else, as volatiles as the air.
- I'm falling in love with you.
- I'm not who you think I am. I'm just your fantasy.
- No, that's bullshit. You're real.
- Here's what he doesn't know yet. I disappear into the person I love. I am the permeable membrane. If I love you, you can have it all. My money, my time, my body, my dog, my dog's money. I will assume your debts and project upon you all sorts of nifty qualities you've never actually cultivated in yourself. I will give you all this and more...until I am so exhausted and depleted the only way I can recover is by becoming infatuated with someone else.
You know, if you could clear out all that space in your mind that you're using to obsess over whatever it be, you'd have a vacuum with a doorway. It may not be a doorway, but if a film makes you think, and it doesnīt matter if it was made to entertain, thatīs already something. (two and a half stars because of that)
Liz Gilbert (Roberts) had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having - a husband, a house, a successful career - yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali.
Director: Ryan Murphy
Summary: Julia Roberts stars in this adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir about coping with a depressing divorce. After deciding to reshape her life, Liz (Roberts) travels the world in search of direction. She heads to Italy, India and Bali, indulging in delicious cuisine while seeking the true meaning of self-love, family, friendship and forgiveness. Along the way, she meets a bevy of characters and, possibly, her true love.
My Thoughts: "Not everyone will like this film. I happen to be one that does. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Julia Roberts is a favorite of mine. She shines in any character she portrays. I haven't read the book, but I plan to pick it up tomorrow. I just thought Liz had so much courage to leave a marriage she knew was a mistake, instead of staying and being unhappy like so many do. Then more courage by leaving everyone behind and going alone on this journey to not only finding oneself, but healing and forgiving yourself for things you cannot change or control. I found Richard Jenkins to be my favorite character she meets along her way. He gives it to her straight and honest. His story was sad and emotional. You felt his pain. I thought Richard Jenkins was absolutely great in this. The story is inspiring to all of us who have been or are in the position she had been in. I think most men would shy away from this film since it is female driven. But I think it's one to be seen. I loved it. But like I stated early on, not all will like this film."
Somehow I imagined Elizabeth Gilbert to be this incredible new heroine for the 21st-Century woman (and man, why not?), but all I got was an immature, needy, whiny drama queen! Needless to say (it's a chick-flick, after all), she finds her perfect man in Felipe (Javier Bardem) since he's even more of an obnoxious cry-baby.
Despite the weak character she was given, Julia Roberts looks stunning at 43, even besides much younger James Franco. Glee's underrated Mike O'Malley, Oscar nominee Viola Davis, Billy Crudup and the scene-stealing Richard Jenkins round up a pretty solid cast, made even better by a late (very close to the end of hour #2) appearance by one of the best actors around, Javier Bardem.
Colorful, exquisitely shot and appropriately sound-tracked film is one that will certainly appeal to the senses instead of the intellect (I truly mean that). Sadly, the excessive length of 'Eat Pray Love' (more evident during the India and Bali episodes) ends up almost spoiling the whole experience.