Eat, Pray, Love review by Melissa Orcine - Cinema Paradiso
‘Eat Pray Love’ is the screen adaptation of the 2006 best-selling memoir of the same name by Elizabeth Gilbert. In it, Julia Roberts plays Gilbert and as Liz, travels to three countries starting with the letter I – Italy, India, and Indonesia. It’s a story of self-discovery and reflection after one broken relationship to another (a divorce with her husband and love affair with a younger man) by embarking on adventures with food, travel, and romance.
Here’s the classic case of not all books need to be turned into a movie theory. It’s great in theory but in practice, it’s better to be left alone. For all the disappointment, at least there’s lots of eye candy: Billy Crudup (as the ex-husband), James Franco (as the young lover), the three I’s themselves (Italy, India, and Indonesia), and Javier Bardem.
Upon watching ‘Eat Pray Love’, I got a sense of itchy feet myself… and then I remember I’m not rich. And that’s what the movie is – How Rich People Face Their Problems. For some reason, when they want clarity, they just get up and leave to exotic locations pronto. For the middleclass, we want to clear our heads too but we can’t help but just hit the mall. And somehow it helps.
Together with Julia Roberts, Elizabeth Gilbert’s experiences become romantic comedy fodder. Gone are the depths of her thoughts and feelings, and now replaced by the lush photography of its settings and stereotypes of its people. If someone has to go to three countries across different continents just to realize what he really wants, I think that’s just too self-indulgent. ‘Eat Pray Love’ doesn’t have the same charm as Diane Lane’s ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’– and she only had to go to Italy to find herself! Word to the wise: Read the book instead.