Liz Gilbert had everything a modern woman dreams of having - a husband, a house, a successful career - yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, e...more
Liz Gilbert had everything a modern woman dreams of having - a husband, a house, a successful career - yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. less
“Does not live up to the best selling novel. Even Julia Robert's fans should wait till DVD release.”
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'Ruin is a gift; Ruin is the road to transformation...' Adapted from the novel of Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat Pray Love' is a journey of a modern woman in search of peace and self-realization. If you have read the novel then you must have understood the underlying theme of it was S.P.I.R.I.T.U.A.L.I.T.Y, which was entirely missing in the movie. No doubt Julia Roberts did a brilliant job but honestly the idea of creating a feature-film out of Elizabeth Gilberts bestseller was not a good thought.
Elizabeth Gilbert crafted every emotion so beautifully on the pages that as a reader one can actually imagine things happening. While reading it will take you on a long journey and you will connect with Liz Gilbert. Its really not possible to capture all those emotions and thoughts & show it onscreen. Director Ryan Murphy did try to match up the book but failed completely especially in the 'PRAY' sections. Before, I start explaining the movie its better I should give the basic idea about it.
The first scene opens in Bali, where you see Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts) a writer looking for a medicine man 'Ketut', for her article on Bali, who ends up reading her palm and reveals that she will lose all her money but will get it all back. After 6 months Liz's 8 years long marriage ends in acrimony and she shifts in with her friend Delia. Following this you'll see Liz falling for David Picolo (James Franco) but later on she turns down that relationship as well.
This incident marks the beginning of her long journey in search of peace, self awareness, personal growth and self realization. She first lands up in Italy and meets Sofie (Tuva Novatny) a Swedish woman who takes her to an Italian tutor. Later on Liz comes in contact with Luca Spaghetti who tells her that Americans dont know the real meaning of pleasure; they just work so hard all their life but have no moment of enjoyment. Listening to this Elizabeth starts her journey to rediscover her passion for food and relishes delicious Italian cuisines like spaghetti, gelato, Pizza etc. Liz and Sofie also plan a short trip to Naples to enjoy PIZZAs, which looked yummy onscreen. In Italy she learns "The sweetness of doing nothing!"
In search of enlightenment, next she reaches India, where she takes a refuge in Hindu ashram and become friends with Richard (Richard Jenkins) a traveller from Texas who is suffering from his own personal problems. He calls her by the name 'Groceries', wondering why let the movie reveal the secret! You will see Liz chanting, meditating and mopping floors as a part of selfless services to the ashram. There, she also gets to meet an Indian girl Tulsi, who is unhappy about her approaching arrange marriage. Richard plays a big role in explaining her that life is all about forgetting & forgiving and one should not waste them by regretting about the past. He tells her, "If you cannot master your thoughts, it will be a trouble forever". From India she discovers that "God dwells in you, as you".
The last lap of her ambitious trek starts in Bali where she goes in search of the Ketut whom she met during her article assignment. Liz tells him about her Self-Seeking Journey and he advices her that "in the morning she should practice mediation she learnt from India, during day she should enjoy Bali, in the afternoon she should come & meet him and in the evening she should practice New Meditation". Their she bumps into Felipe (Javier Bardem) from Brazil and we see her struggling again to make a choice between opening her heart to love once again or holding on to her newly discovered truth about herself.
The biggest reason why this movie will not be a block buster is the fact that as an audience you wouldnt be able to relate to Liz. Ryan Murphy did miss few details like
1.No explanation behind the breakdown of Elizabeth's marriage 2.Neither will you understand why she leaves David 3.No explanation about from where she got the money for the trip 4.At several places the scenes look incomplete 5.Finally, the feel of the 'Eat Pray Love' is S.PI.R.I.T.U.A.L.I.T.Y, which was entirely missing
Elizabeth Gilbert's novel explained all the above points so well that as a reader you will actually feel on road with her. Sadly, the movie will keep you disconnected all the time and this fact makes this flick a below mediocre adaptation.
Final Verdict: If you planning to watch this one only go for Julia Roberts and dont expect too much out of the script.