Self-help book lover? Then maybe, this book may be for you.
Eat Pray Love
This movie is based from the book of the same title by author Elizabeth Gilbert. I admit, this is one of the few books I've not read, and after watching this movie, I never will.
The story is about Liz Gilbert (the author is played by Julia Roberts) who finds herself falling out of love with her husband, Stephen (Billy Crudup). After a series of self- loathing events, she finds herself (and a new love) after traveling the world.
The countries visited. Yes, this is how much I liked this movie. I start the good with advertising Italy, India and Bali. Although I've only visited Italy, the landscape captured on all 3 countries is breathtaking.
Billy Crudup as Stephen. From the movie, you get the gist that this man, although seemingly immature, showed that he was a man that was broadsided with Liz's announcement of a separation. His attempt to win her back was pretty good. If there is a man out there willing to give everything up to change a relationship, giving the relationship one more chance should be a gimme in his case, in my opinion.
Javier Bardem as Felipe. Amazing actor for someone who definitely does not win any accolades for being the best-looking leading man. Felipe is a man who's not afraid to fall for Liz despite putting his love life on hold for his children and (maybe) hope for a reconciliation from his ex-wife. Watching him put everything on the line (albeit short on film) makes the movie almost palatable.
Oh, where to start? The plot. I don't know if the intent of the book or the movie was to show a selfish or conceited side of Liz Gilbert. If it was, then the movie caught that rather well. I cannot sympathize with Liz's character. Really, grow up. Finding "yourself" by doing a lot of self-loathing is unflattering. Getting a lover when the divorce hasn't even been finalized shows a level of maturity that is questionable. Liz was whiny, making the character very unappealing.
I could not tell whether the movie was too long because the plot was just unpalatable or because the journey to find one's self was only slightly referenced. Self-indulgence on screen masked with a self-journey synopsis is just bad.
Stale Popcorn Rating: If you're a Julia Roberts fan, you may want to rent it. It's not a flattering role, but any die-hard fan of hers won't be so disappointed. Otherwise, it's a free rental/TV movie kind of affair. Up the ante by doing something while watching the movie. That way you won't feel like asking the wasted time back.