Opened August 13, 2010 | Runtime :2 hr. 13 min.
PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual references and male rear nudity
Sorry everyone for the delay in getting this review out! Especially since I saw it opening night! (movie reviewer fail!) I did comment a bit on the book review thread. It took me longer to recover from a week at Disneyland with my two youngest than I thought it would! Whoever said 40 is the new 20 LIED!! And now, on to my brilliant review…
Eh, it was OK. The scenery was breathtaking and if this was like a National Geographic, Disney Earth Day movie then I would give it more of a thumbs up.
For those who don’t know, Eat Pray Love is a memoir. Based on the book of the same name by Elizabeth Gilbert, it chronicles her “year of discovery” if you will. She really did all these things. She was consulted on the movie and approved. This is her life. This is her.
I really don’t like her.
I think I would have really enjoyed this movie if it was fiction. More of a woman’s fantasy of something she’d love to do. I love the idea of dropping out of my life for a year and just exploring the world. Sounds fantastic! However, the reality is, that would suck. Mostly for the loved ones I’d leave behind in a confusion of WTH?!
She ends her first marriage because she’s not being her “authentic” self. Then she ends her next relationship for the exact same reason! Really? Way harsh, chick. Maybe you need to grow the heck up!
And that’s how Liz comes across (to me, anyway) as really selfish, self-indulgent and immature (much navel-gazing, if you will.) I don’t find her likable at all (and I do really like Julia Roberts, but even she couldn’t save this character.) And what I realized as I was watching this, is that the real Liz not only wrote this, but approved the movie version of her words, her life. Which to me means that in reality, she was even worse. Cause let’s face it, no matter how “true” we want something about ourselves to be, we are gonna candy coat it at least a bit. Try to put ourselves in somewhat of a sympathetic, if not completely positive, light.
And so I REALLY don’t like Liz.
And for possibly the first time ever, the movie made me NOT want to read the book.
My overall review: turn off the sound and enjoy the scenery.
Eat Pray Love official movie website
Elizabeth Gilbert‘s official website
You can read more of Tiffany’s writing at Mommy in Real Life.