Eat Pray Love Movie Reviews
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I read the above reviews ... and are these people nuts? I loved the book - I laughed, I cried, I laughed and cried some more. The movie brought the same emotions out in me ... It was simply a magnificant ride and I highly highly recommend it. It touches the soul in a very deep and profound way.
This movie showed me once again the dangers of going to get a "fortune" reading.
The movie opens with Julia Roberts going to have her palm read by a three-toothed old man in Bali named Ktuti.
I need to explain to you the testimony of an ex-satanist and 3rd highest santa ria practitioner in the NE US. He explained that the "psychic" or other fortune teller uses demons to tell him or her what the visitor is going through. Then, the fortune teller (whether he realizes it or not) puts CURSES on the visitor. Because the visitor broke God's will to not seek fortune tellers, but to seek Him, the demon then has a legal right to attack the visitor.
This is what happens to Julia Roberts' character. Ktuti reads her palm, gives some general facts, and then declares (cursing her) "You will lose all your money. You will have two marriages, one short, one long." Basically, Ktuti curses her to lose her money and her marriage.
Julia returns home, and - surprise - love leaves her heart. The demon works on her alone. Her husband weeps at the divorce meeting. He even refuses to accept a divorce in exchange for all the money and the house they share. He truly loves her.
The main character, Liz, also moves into worshiping a human, a guru woman. She travels to three places in her one-year voyage of discovery. The second place is to India, where she visits an ashram and joins others who praise, worship, and meditate in front of a framed photo of the Indian woman, flanked by two candles.
I not only recommend you NOT see this flick. I recommend you warn all your friends.
Eat Pray Love is supposed to be about a woman's journey to find the meaning of her life through food, spirituality, and love. When one of the defining moments of liberation is eating a whole plate of spaghetti, you know you're in superficial territory. And that's what you get here: a superficial story with a narcissistic lead only slightly redeemed by Julia Roberts' performance.
When Liz Gilbert's marriage disintegrates, she travels the world looking for the three things in the title. She finds the eat in Italy, where she eats like mad (though, this IS Julia Roberts, so she still looks skinny even when she's having a hard time fitting into jeans). In India, meditates. Then, in Bali, she runs into the man of her dreams and, what do you know, falls in love.
And that's about it. There is very little drama in this film, as we pretty much follow Liz along on her journey. I'm sure this worked well in the book the film is based on (where she could get really descriptive with details), but this is a film. It's a visual medium. Long winded descriptions of food don't come across in five second shots and words of wisdom come across as vacuous. There's some good performances in the movie (Richard Jenkins in particular), and Julia always brings a special quality to the screen. But as with most book adaptations, this movie loses a lot in translation.