Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love in local theatres near you

Eat Pray Love Movie stars Julia Roberts, James Franco, Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis, Billy Crudup, Javier Bardem and is written and directed by Ryan Murphy.

Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) had everything.  A loving husband, a home, a successful career as a writer and yet she wasn't happy.  She didn't know why.  She only knew she didn't want to be married any longer.  Once her divorce is finalized, she decides to travel for the next year hoping to discover herself and find peace.

Beginning in Italy, she consumes the culture, eating, making lasting friendships and learning to enjoy life by simply being.  Travelling to India, Liz discovers the power of prayer and forgiveness.  Ending her year in Bali, Indonesia, she seeks balance and finds what she was not looking for.  Love.

Initially, I was deeply disappointed in her decision to end her marriage.  Call me a romantic, but it was clear how much her husband loved her. But she was unhappy.  Not that the marriage really made her that way, she just felt something was missing and she didn't know what it was or how to find it.  She said herself, as she explained to her friend, that for years she went from relationship to relationship with men, never having two weeks alone to herself.  Hmmmm.  That speaks of inner discontent, turmoil, a need to find something, but not knowing what that something is.

 At some point in our lives, we all must discover ourselves and what we truly want from this life.  This is Liz's story of her journey towards understanding and self-fulfillment.

The cast is well chosen.  Julia Roberts does an excellent job portraying Liz Gilbert and the supporting cast is very good.  All in all it is quite a good film that makes one ponder their own roles in this life.  Now I have to read the book.

Rated 3.5/5  (nudity and brief language)

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