A Julia Roberts movie
Why do I call this review 'A Julia Roberts movie', maybe because it is. In this movie all you get to see is Julia Roberts in four kinds of situations. And not in one of these situations you would say you are looking at the role she is playing you are watching Julia Roberts. And of course she does a great job at giving her lines meaning. And of course she looks good at the right moments and bad at the moments you expect it. But maybe that is the problem with this movie, you keep seeing Julia Roberts playing a woman in search of her happiness. In this movie you never get the idea that you are looking at a heroin trying to find herself and through that her happiness.
But Julia Roberts is not alone in this movie, although you might think that, when I write that you get the feeling that you are looking at Julia Roberts all the time during this movie.
So does that mean leave this movie in the box or send it back. No, because, this movie gets it right in a different way. It gets it right in the way that several of the other actors do give you the idea that they have a story. For example Richard Jenkins, who plays Richard a man trying to find forgiveness for his drinking and driving by going to India to stay at the place of a guru. Or the Italian landlady of Julia Roberts, played by Lucia Guzzardi. Who tells this American woman that you need a scaffold in your room if you want the ceiling to be kept up.
Another part of the movie that got it right is the locations. Most movies that show you Rome, Italy, or India or Bali, Indonesia, show you the locations every other movie already has shown. This movie does it right and shows you locations you expect local people to go to. So you really get the feeling that Julia Roberts in her role of Liz Gilbert is really visiting all those places. And only in those small moments that Julia interacts with the locations you get the idea that she is Liz Gilbert exposed to some kind of culture shock. And those moments are what makes this movie worth watching, as you get to feel what Liz Gilbert is feeling.
The book by Elizabeth Gilbert, on which the movie was based.
Two video clips about Eat Pray Love.