Thursday, 7 October 2010

Movie thoughts: Eat Pray Love

For those of you who are not familiar with the bestselling book, here is a bit about the film: Eat Pray Love is the true story of a woman (Elizabeth Gilbert) who, after getting a divorce and realising that her passion for life (and most other things) is slipping away, goes on a year long globe-trot to try find spiritual enlightenment and herself.  

I must admit that when I went to see this film last night, I had great expectations going in and thankfully I did not leave dissapointed. I loved the film and was captivated until the end (even though it is over 2 hours long and is rather slow paced throughout)

The movie is filled with beautiful scenery (that instantly made me feel the urge to take a trip to anywhere exotic), good advice, inspiration and an abundance of likeable characters. Julia Roberts is outstanding as Liz Gilbert and it is impossible not to love Javier Bardem as the caring Brazilian, Felipe.  

I think this is a wonderfully honest chick flick. I would highly recommend it to all woman (whether you have read the book or not).

Have you seen the film? what did you think?

24 comments:

  1. I've read the book and really enjoyed it, so glad the movie lives up to it! I'll definitely go see the movie now :)

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  2. We're all going to watch it on Wednesday. Thanks for sharing the review.

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  3. I haven't read the book, but am definitley going to watch it! Thanks for the review!

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  4. Hmm, I've been skeptical ever since the movie went into production.

    Much as I love the book, and have read it a few times over, I think that the real value is that it's extremely subjective - everyone takes something different from the book, and it's that aspect that has made it such a best-seller... that and the fact that it's handed down, and the word of mouth promotion rather than over-blown hype.

    So a movie on something that is essentially a personal journey (both for the storyline and for those reading it and taking inspiration from it), just wouldn't really seem like it could capture the essence.

    Aside from that, generally I haven't heard many good reviews... mostly due to the 'lost in translation' factor and also the trivialization aspect.

    I'm not such a huge fan of chick flicks in general though, so not the kind of thing I'd watch anyhow. ;-)

    The book will always be awesome though, to read whenever I need a boost!

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  5. I haven't read the book yet, but will definitely see the movie, and perhaps then I will get around to reading the book

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  6. i have read it, now looking forward to see it...

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  7. I'm reading the book at the moment, so it's interesting to get your feedback on the movie. Will definitely see it, even if just for the scenery :)

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  8. i enjoyed every minute of the movie :)

    actually i loved it!

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  9. I am going this weekend, seeing the picture I really long for a pizza now..probably also after the movie..??
    Thanx for sharing!

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  10. and the rainy day mediterranean pizza did IT..!
    ; )

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  11. I have read half the book, need to get my ass in gear and finish it so I can go see the movie

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  12. Busy reading the book at the moment. Would have wanted to finish it before watching the movie, but to excited won't be able to wait.

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  13. I read the book, and loved it.

    My best friend, who just had open heart surgery last week, and I decided to go see it together.

    We left feeling the need to go DO something...

    And someday, when she's all better, we're traveling.

    Long story short, we left inspired. It was a little slow, but so perfect for a relaxing afternoon movie.

    :-)

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  14. I loved the movie. I think it was done very well yeah a lil slow but it's okay! I want to read the book so badly!!!

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  15. Just finished reading the book again & seeing the movie tonight (at a screening which includes pizza and beer! yay!) can't wait :-)

    and i love slow paced beautiful movies so think i'll love it.

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  16. not going to read this post yet as still have to watch the film and have heard its different to the book but just the pics are making me excited!

    xoxo

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  17. Read the book, watched the movie and loved them both! Oh, and Julia Roberts stole my heart....once again!

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  18. Just booked tickets for Saturday... loved the book

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  19. Hmmm... I will have to check into it. :)

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  20. I haven't read the book (yet) but I'd rather do that than see the movie.

    I'm not much of a movie goer, especially when it's based on a book. It rarely stays true to the story...and I can't stand Julia Roberts. lol! Sorry!

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  21. I've seen the movie (and read the book.) Loved the movie...thought it was very true to the spirit of the book. The essence you know? So often movies fail to catch that when making movies from beloved books...I actually thought the movie was even better than reading the book! And I think this primarily because the protagonist's role was MADE for Julia Roberts and the landscapes of the locations so inspiring...

    P.S. Lovely blog, I'm glad I stumbled across it/you this evening! :)

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  22. I thought the movie was a great adaptation of the book and it made me miss Europe SO much!

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  23. Ok so I watched the movie fist,but this makes me even more exited about reading the in depth details in the book!

    xx

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  24. I saw the film a few nights ago and felt that while very sweet, it missed the depth of her spiritual journey, leaning more towards light entertainment.

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