Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Eat Pray Love

This is for Sasha, the lurker

My most memorable quotes from the movie:

“I’m the luckiest girl in the world”
“You don’t need a man, Liz. You need a champion.”
“I don’t have to love you to prove that I love myself!”
“It’s okay to miss him. Send him love and light every time you think about him and then drop it.”

First of all, I am not a movie reviewer but I think I am qualified to talk about a movie that I’ve seen. Which basically, is all a review is, right? Right.

Secondly, if you haven’t read the book you may not like the movie or the character that Julia Roberts portrays. I read the book, loved the book and really enjoyed the movie. The book included more details than the movie did and I feel like the movie depended more on Julia and the locations to carry the movie without really delving into the reasons behind the trip.

By the way, Julia did not wreck the movie for me but I was terribly distracted by her upper lip.

I’m sure many women have said this, but I am/was Liz Gilbert. Unsettled and unsure. Needing to go deeper. Needing to … something.

Liz was not just some self-indulgent, spoiled woman who wanted to find herself. She was an unhappy woman who finally made the conscious decision to stop being unhappy. Can anybody relate to that? Have you ever been in an unhappy, unsatisfying situation but were terrified to make a change because change is scary? At least the present situation is familiar. We are so conditioned to not “rock the boat” that we just don’t do anything. Than before you know it, years have passed and you are still miserable. The misery is palpable and you feel like a zombie, the walking dead and if you don’t do something you feel that you will actually … die.

When you get to that point, you don’t think about the fact that other people are going to be hurt because all you want to do is stop your own hurting.

Liz made a decision.

And it all starts with a decision.

I haven’t really talked about the movie as much as I defend Liz’s right to take care of herself.

The movie. The dialogue was believable. The scenery was gorgeous. I love the scenes in Italy (eat) and Bali (love). Not so much in India (pray). I find it interesting that the “pray” portion took place in a not-so-pretty place. Prayer comes from within and has nothing to do with scenery.

The men in the movie: Javier Bardem (yummy),

James Franco, Richard Jenkins and Billy Crudup were just wonderful. They all played a very integral part in Liz’s journey. The flaky husband (Crudup). The rebound guy (Franco). The shoulder to cry on (Jenkins) and finally the real love (Bardem).

The film moved me. Funny in places. Sad in others. I shed a few tears … but I’m a big baby so that was expected. It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea but I absolutely enjoyed it.


BluJewel said...

I have and read the book and enjoyed it as it spoke to me while I was going through a transition in my life. I'm reluctant to see the movie as I feel it will make light of the book and not really portray the books true intent; as many movies fail to do.

Eat, Pray, Love are points of wisdom and ways to unify and connect with people on all levels. Let's hope that shines through.

Anonymous said...

I was rollin when I say the close caption for me, "For Sasha, the lurker." lol, priceless!
I read half of the book. I can't remember why I didn't finish it. I'm going to watch the movie this weekend. Thanks for the review.

Diva (in Demand) said...

I think I'll go see the movie on Thursday! The book just took me there so I can't wait to see it happen on the big screen in front of my eyes.

Florida Girl Meets the Midwest said...

This is one of my very favorite books, and I read endlessly. I can't wait to see the movie.

Your question: "Have you ever been in an unhappy, unsatisfying situation but were terrified to make a change because change is scary?"

My answer: Yes! Perhaps that is why I loved the book so much.