Eat Pray Love Reviews
In the first few scenes of the movie, the director does a great job of focusing on Liz as she goes about her daily life. She wakes up in her perfect NYC apartment, to her picture perfect husband, and her perfectly comfortable life, but there is a common theme in each of these scenes. All of which are accompanied by more than a few hints of emptiness. The apartment in which her and her husband live is lit grey & the background music is dull. Her face, and often the face of her husband, is regularly left without the slightest twinge of a genuine smile. The only sign of distress besides the subtle cues left in her grey apartment are those left loudly in the office of Liz's best friend. She expresses to her best friend her need to get out and live, to escape the numbness and lack of liveliness in her day to day. When she decides to take matters into her own hands, at the expense of her husband, Liz begins her journey.
We follow Liz's journey through Italy, India & Bali. In Italy, Liz starts off hesitant and a bit standoffish to the idea of her Italian life. Once Liz gains about 10 lbs. off of straight Italian food, an Italian vocabulary and the ability to enjoy alone time again, she realizes it's time to move forward on her journey. In India, Liz goes through a massive spiritual overtaking at a Sheyras Retreat. She goes silent for a period long enough to retrain her brain to shut off without sleeping. At the same retreat, Liz meets two important characters that show her what it's like to not have the opportunity to choose one's circumstances. This shows Liz her privilege of even having the opportunity to embark on her journey, and in turn, allows her to understand her place in the world again. From India, Liz moves into the final destination of her journey, Bali. Bali is where she begins to love again in the most sensual & romantic way possible with a man she didn't know existed.
The scene that initiates the end of the movie expectedly takes place at sunset. Signifying the end of Liz's journey. This all takes place after Liz has an epiphany and a culmination of understanding of her journey over the course of the movie. Liz decides to go to her Bali lover and announce her "special word" that in English means, "Let's crossover." The journey ends with Liz on a boat ride into the sunset, and into her new life.
Throughout the journey that takes place over the course of a year, the evolution of Liz is extraordinary. She shows true resilience as she pushes past the many struggles that accompany change including doubt, fear, loss, and confusion. This movie represents the idea that complete transformation is worth the risk. The courage Liz has to completely change her life captivates us all & her journey of self-discovery is one that inevitably lives on. Eat Pray Love teaches us that we must act against our fears, even if it isn't comfortable, because the opportunity to change is worth all the difference.
Eat Pray Love is story that can only be described as a cautionary tale in how one can best ensure that they never find emotional fulfillment. Watching this movie is like reading a self-help book written by someone who has never functionally helped themselves. It's like someone trying to make a film explaining complex mathematical equations to post-grad mathematicians when they've barely passed their first algebra class. Its awfulness is beyond embarrassing.
Liz (Julia Roberts) is one of the worst film characters to darken the silver screen. To be fair, her character wouldn't appear so epically awful if she, the filmmakers, or the author of the source material were even vaguely aware of her awfulness. Instead, the film remains completely unaware of Liz's flaws. We watch as she pointlessly bungles one relationship after the next and pretends to absorb culture in extremely priviledged and not-at-all authentic vignettes around the world. Liz represents the worst of American culture: blind entitlement, dim-witted meanness, a complete detachment from the humanity around her, and an ignorance-based arrogance that literally made my skin crawl. Liz's experiences in Eat Pray Love might have been a jumping off point for a journey of discovery, but they were anything but a journey of discovery themselves. She seems to have learned nothing from her repeated mistakes, and everywhere she goes, a trail of destruction is left in her wake. Do not watch this movie. If you insist on watching it, please - for the love of all that is good - do not see it as a roadmap to enlightenment. At best, this is a cautionary tale about how a person can take all of the wrong lessons from life. If you are lost and looking for a way to find yourself, Liz is the last person you should look to as a role model.
When somethings we see we don't like when they are fast, out of control. When somethings we see others dont see when being in some places long enough we see that they don't have that look yet. When what we see we like when we prefer the feel and look of. When we see that we must begin some places to accept and open our minds to somethings but not everything we meet. When we see that we are not wanted in some places when we are not authentic, and see we came here for the wrong reasons. When we see we prefer somethings, that we can't get lost in and focus when our mind is on other things we see. When seeing is not everything when we need to see using not our eyes but mind to focus on what we don't see. When we see we came from high places to not see the importance of low places to see that we need to be in some places more then others. When we see that we can't let go of what we left behind.
When we see life's challenges are similar at any age in life. When we see that we all crave some spotlights more than others. When we see that others were in our shoes one time or another to see what they are going through deep down. When we see life not forward but backward to know we still hold on to regrets that slow us down when moving forward. When we see we must make peace with our past. When we see somethings work better for us then others to see somethings are not for us and other things are. When we see that we are ready to see some things when we see we are beginning to see. When we see some people spend too much time not seeing and thinking to remember who we are. When we dont see wherevwe sre going to cross psths with life ordeath along√,¬† the wsy. When we see thst there are many people like us out there searching to know who we are. When we rather see somethings but not ourselves when we let ourselves go. When we see why some people see us when we look good or want somethings else like sex or sexier. When looking is a matter of perspective when some people see on a superficial level or whats deep down. When we see we are not liked for who we are, to try harder. When we can't believe whom we see when we see them again when our door is open. When we see that some people are sweet when we get to know them. When we see we have trouble seeing when are too busy putting intoxicants in us. When we see that we are uncertsin about some people until we spend some time with them and see the world as they see it, that we enjoy. When we see that some people enjoy seeing things as much as we do to copy. When we see more and more somethings we see that some people are really sweet. When we start to see that we like people whom we can keep up with when we like taking things slowly on somethings. When somethings we see we need to help, when they are not as blessed as we are. When what we see we need to thank those in bringing us here, to take back a souvenir back home.
When we don't see that we submerge ourselves in places and people whom are like us trying to see what life's paths will take them. When we don't see ourselves in other people's shoes we see that we must settle to what we regretted. When what we see is we ran away from our past life, and people like us that we couldn't see, going through the same problems in their life to know we have another chance in another place with other people. When we see life catapults us when we take the plunge into what we are afraid of and takes us to different paths in our life that takes us to the next path after.
When seeing we are wrong to knowing some trips & decisions were a mistake to know there is no message which defeats the journey.
why focusing on building a relationship is important than fixing anything else that startles our mind. So much misery, we focus solely on the relationship, capsulizing it's beginning to end to be perfect, transferable to the next and something we can return to that reminds us of that special moment. Taking the first step to be seen from the other person's perspective. Not seeing what others see. not doing what others do. Some misery we create, must destroy then rebuild for our selfish needs to correct our mistake.
In the end we take what we say we like, but can do without and move on. Building on the marvels, having family that holds the structure, cleaning what is important.
We see why we adore the cultural ways, we get our juices going and we get the hang of it, just jumping in the arms of it.
sweetness of doing nothing, pleasures, the right way of doing things.
searching for a word.... we take the good and bad.
what we lack we find elsewhere in selfless work. from what we enjoy and used to, we must get rid of. empowering our mind. removing obstacles. some obstacles we can get rid of and live with good or bad.
WHAT'S EAT PRAY LOVE ABOUT?
A woman seeks to find herself through a year of traveling, meditation, and dining. Based on the novel of the same name.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
Before Facebook, you may recall, one might sit through literal slide-shows (projected onto a sheet, for example) in order to experience a friend's vacation. This film feels like sitting through such an evening, if your friend were self-indulgent and a bit narcissistic, kept bringing up her broken marriage and her justifications for a fling during the slideshow, gabbed on and on about the wonderful people she met as if you knew them, and took way too long to show her admittedly scenic slides.
As someone who enjoys glimpses into world cultures/religions, good actors, and romance in general, I'll admit that there were a few moments that charmed, enlightened, and moved me. But this sluggishly-paced movie feels a good 45 minutes longer than its 2 hour and 15 minute running time. This is to say nothing of its repetitive narrative structure, general predictability, and disturbing core message: You can find peace through avoidance of accountability and by literally coming to see yourself as your own god. It's all about "love yourself" and "forgive yourself," which is fine, but the protagonist takes no responsibility for what she does to hurt other people early on. Julia Roberts is likable, but her character here mostly is not. This is not a film I'd revisit.
IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR KIDS?
Eat Pray Love is rated PG-13. It has a fair amount of foul language (including one use of the phrase "mother--," which I thought was only allowed in R-rated films), sexual innuendo, male rear nudity, and implications of adultery and other sex outside of marriage.
ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES?
It is not enough to life for self-fulfillment; one must live to benefit others. Take time to enjoy and savor life.
In Europe we've heard about this movie and the respective "book-diary" now, in 2016. That says a lot. Elizabeth Gilbert is such a phony that I felt nauseated while trying to read her pages. I've never read something so low (because I reject the USA trash genre "eat pray love"). Well, in a few words: Liz Gilbert preaches about silence, humbleness, searching and finding God, blah, blah, while she makes a fortune out of her lies. She saw blue lights, she met God, she lost God, she suffered, tormented, she "found her word" (OMG!). I could have given her a word to describe her (something similar to what she gave to Rome!): shite. Page by page of shite. But, Gilbert is rich and famous, men cried over her legs, women over her words, so what a hell? She is a smart American woman who knows what she wants and goes for it. God is another story, elsewhere, waiting for when time will come, simply to have a "word". In behalf of Lizabeth Gilbert, I apologies to India, to Mahabharata and Ramayana, Upanishads,to the true believers, who silently pray for the Earth, thinking: "forgive her, Lord, for she does not know what she does".