Maybe you are a woman in search of a word
… Or lost carbs? I have wanted to see EAT PRAY LOVE for a while now as the film and the book have created such a phenomenon. Was I sucked into this craze as well? Not in such lengths, but the movie did make me want to go to Italy to eat and learn Italian words that smoothly roll off your tongue; go to India to meditate and scrub floors for inner peace (ok, maybe for 5 minutes); and to Bali to find balance and true love in the form of a sexy Brazilian.
Ryan Murphy, who is well-known for his TV-hits like Glee and Nip/Tuck, has directed a truly visually stunning movie that has Julia Roberts in every scene. Everything and everyone looks gorgeous. It is like 133 minutes of a self-help travel documentary. After the movie, you feel like your vision just overate a bowl of colourful pasta.
In short, this is a true-life story of a modern woman Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts), who has it all – a successful career, a fantastic house, supportive friends and a husband. Already I am bitterly jealous; and we have not even gotten to all that pasta, red wine and Javier Bardem. Then one day she realises that, she is not happy and makes a courageous decision to do something about it. After a difficult divorce and a rebound with a young hottie, she is ready for rebirth and a round-the-world journey to “find herself”.
He just folded my delicates – did he use to work at GAP?
Sometimes it feels like the visual aspect of the movie overpowers the story. You get lost in the panorama and not in the story itself. The outdoor scenes are shot in the way that even the side streets of Naples look inviting – I am ignoring the less than friendly greeting from an adolescent girl on a balcony; not quite the Juliet…
The script is enjoyable and floats forward seamlessly. It delivers touching moments like the one that unravels after the wedding in India, when Richard from Texas (gorgeously acted by Richard Jenkins) tells his story to Liz. This entire scene was shot without a cut in one take over Julia’s shoulder. Ryan Murphy kept the first take in the movie, as it made him and the whole editing crew cry.
To summon this movie up I would use the usually hated word “nice”. It is nice. It does not leave you wanting more, but it keeps you entertained.
So I am backing my bags and heading to Italy to eat some pizza in Napoli and drink a lot of red wine. If you are wondering what that whizzing sound was; it was me on a scooter – without a helmet – waiving Ciao!
You need a “thumbs up”!