Eat Pray Love movie review
Julia Roberts stars in Eat Pray Love Movie
Julia Roberts stars as Liz, a woman who is feeling very unfulfilled in her life. Her best friend played by Viola Davis is always there to offer some support, comfort and understanding for her. Married with a baby, Viola's character warns Liz that having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You need to be really committed to the idea.
Instead of wanting to move forward to have children with her husband, Liz decides that she is feeling restless and has never done many of the things she wanted to do, namely traveling the world.
As her husband talks about the possiblilty of going back to school, Liz is feeling stuck to the point of claustrophobia and breathlessness with the idea of having to support her husband's goals while hers fall to the wayside.
Liz starts to pray in a compelling scene that shows she is praying for the very first time. She is in tears with not knowing what to do and she asks for guidance. She goes back to bed that night to tell her husband that she does not want to be married to him anymore.
The upcoming scenes are quite heartbreaking as Liz's husband is still in love with her. He represents himself while she hires a divorce attorney and it takes quite a long time for him to be willing to sign the divorce papers. He does not want to let Liz go.
While Liz is the protagonist of the film, these scenes make her appear as a very selfish person and we empathize with her soon to be ex husband.
To our chagrin, Liz also rebounds very quickly into a new relationship with a man played by James Franco. Liz coins him as the "yogi from Yonkers" since he is very involved in meditation and seeking enlightenment. He even studies Sanskrit and follows a guru in India.
Liz enthusiastically accompanies her new boyfriend to gatherings with fellow guru followers. She looks around her a little uncomfortably as she digests the cultural experience. Slowly she become reassured and gains confidence in the idea of joining this following.
Nevertheless, Liz is still searching for some kind of fullfillment and she wants it sooner than later.
At one point she confides in her new boyfriend, telling him that her ex husband hates her. He tells her, "He doesn't hate you. He's heartbroken." Little does he know, that she will soon break his heart as well.
Liz tells her boyfriend that she can no longer be with him and reports to her best friend that she will go to travel for a full year. She will start the year off in Italy, go to see the guru in person in India and finish the year of in Bali visiting a medicine man named Ketut whom she had met once before.
Liz's best friend does not hide that she is perturbed by the whole idea. She thinks that Liz is acting like a high school or college kid and she reminds her that at least she has family and friends who love her, a support system at home (in New York). When she realizes that she can't convince Liz otherwise, she wishes her well as she embarks on her journey.
The imagery of food - pizza from Napoli, freshly made pasta and more is strong in the part of the movie that shows Liz in Italy. She makes friends including a Italian tutor and other visitors from around the world. Primarily, Liz eats a lot and thinks about her life during this leg of the journey. She is a writer and is writing down her thoughts as well.
As Liz departs Italy and arrives in India, we sense her maternal side as she reaches out her hands to the poor kids on the street while she rides in her taxi. They are begging her and she explains that she has no money to give them but she reaches out and holds their hands.
In India, Liz learns that the guru has gone to New York and is not available, but Liz stays at the guru's ashram and participates in the meditation and the activities.
By the time she gets to Bali, Liz seems to be open to finding love again....
Directed by Ryan Murphy
Based on the nonfiction/autobiography of Elizabeth Gilbert. She later wrote the book Committed about her reconciliation with the idea of marriage.
Starring Julia Roberts, Viola Davis and others
I rate it 2.5/5 stars